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WWE wrestler Rhea Ripley issues apology after calling fan a “f*ggot”

Attempted to pry free the foot she’d slammed squarely in her mouth, WWE wrestler Rhea Ripley has apologies for using an anti-gay slur during a live stream event.

Australian-born Ripley uttered the words as part of a moneymaking gag where fans could pay $15 to get insulted by a wrestler. In a clip later posted to Twitter, Ripley referred to a fan as a “motherf*cking f*ggot.”

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The backlash came swift and hard, prompting the 22-year-old wrestler to issue an immediate apology. “I know a lot of you are upset with me after tonight, but I just wanted to publically [sic] say that I am sorry,” Ripley tweeted. “My brain to mouth filter came down for a second and I forgot that some words are a big no-no to a lot of people. I am a firm believer that everyone should be treated equally, whether that be race or sexual orientation. With that said, I just wanted to say how dearly sorry I am to everyone that was offended by my choice of words tonight.”

Wrestlers within the WWE have a history of making homophobic jokes, which the federation has tried to distance itself from in recent years. A number of pro-wrestlers have also come out of late, including Chris Kanyon, Darren Young and Pat Patterson.