Gable Steveson‘s history of alleged sexual abuse has resurfaced. After the “CringeWrestlingTakes” Twitter account posted a screenshot of a fan who was critical of AEW for hiring alleged abusers was shared with a comment about Steveson’s past, wrestling fans piled on. Steveson was accused of raping a woman along with one of his University of Minnesota wrestling teammate Dylan Martinez in 2019.
The original tweet referenced AEW’s willingness to hire sexual predators, Impact’s release of Scarlett Bordeaux to allegedly avoid a lawsuit, and NJPW’s current champion, Shingo Takagi, of being a sexual abuse apologist. The retweet once again brought Gable Steveson’s name to the forefront of the discussion. He is currently signed with WWE under a NIL deal.
The comments immediately began pouring in, pointing out the hypocricy not only of the original post, but WWE. Fans noted that the company is not immune to hiring those alleged to have been sexual predators. The issue is industry wide.
Charges were not filed against Steveson, as Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the evidence did not meet the standard needed to move forward with the case. Both Steveson and Martinez were suspended from the team after they were arrested in relation to the incident. After the charges were dropped, they immediately rejoined the team.
Gable Steveson became the second Olympic gold medalist to sign with WWE, following in the footsteps of Kurt Angle. He took home the gold in the 125kg freestyle event. Now that his past is being openly discussed again, he will learn first-hand about facing heat from professional wrestling fans.
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