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WWE trainer quits after being accused of homophobia

WWE trainer quits after being accused of homophobia

A trainer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), has resigned after a series of serious homophobic, racist and physical abuse allegations surfaced.

The allegations against Bill DeMott were made public on 3 March after wrestler Joey Ryan started a Twitter campaign to oust him.

WWE’s HR department was made aware of the misconduct by Austin Matelson, aka ‘Judas Devlin’, who claims he was ‘constantly verbally assaulting our appearances, personalities, sexual preferences, injuries, and character,’ in a a memo sent 2013.

In the letter to WWE bosses, Matelson added:

‘He routinely calls Gary Jackson a fat tub of goo, tells Osmund Cherry who is of African descent, to go back to Africa and most recently has made derogatory remarks about sexual preferences to Brandon Traven.’

‘Coach DeMott insinuated that Traven is gay and used the derogatory term "half a sissy" to make fun of him simply because he sat out practice and has had several injuries in the last couple months. This is not the first time he targeted Brandon either.’

DeMott, ex-wrestler turned coach, although well-known for his harsh treatment of trainees, has denied the allegations via Twitter:

‘I deny the recent allegations made about me, however, to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the WWE, I’ve decided to step down from my role effective immediately,’ he said.

The WWE has accepted his resignation as it is not the first time that DeMott has been accused of abuse in the workplace.

In 2012 several wrestlers including Matelson had complained to WWE management that DeMott had used homophobic and racial slurs, performed dangerous drills, physically assaulted trainees and forced them to train naked.

In a statement, a WWE spokesperson said: ‘WWE took the accusations made two years ago by Austin Matelson very seriously, conducted a full investigation and was unable to validate the claims. Regardless, WWE continues to reinforce policies and procedures to ensure a positive training environment.’