Lio Rush Opens Up About His Controversial Emma Tweet, Reveals He Tried To Reach Out To Her
During a recent interview with Lilian Garcia on her Chasing Glory podcast, Lio Rush opened up about his controversial tweets regarding Emma’s WWE release. Below are some highlights with a H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions.
On his controversial tweet:
“It hit me so fast and hard. I was sitting in a Waffle House when I (tweeted it). I didn’t mean it in the slightest way to be hurtful. I remember being so entertained with what Asuka was doing,” recalled Rush. “Her saying, ‘Nobody is ready.’ Honestly, it was so stupid. At the time, people tried to tell me, as soon as it went up, ‘Hey, I think you should take that down.’ I didn’t really see the negative in it. I left it up when somebody told me to take it down. ‘It’s fine, I didn’t mean it in a negative way. It’s not like I’m bashing her.’ I started seeing hundreds and thousands of comments, people just raining down on me. I messed up. I messed up really bad. I felt bad and I reached out to Emma. At first, I had mixed feelings about it. Ultimately, I realized I messed up. It was new to me because I had never seen WWE tweet out anything about a release. I wasn’t aware of how real the situation was.”
On trying to reach out to Emma:
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“I tried to reach out to Emma. I didn’t get a response. She tweeted a heartbreak emoji and then it really blew up. ‘Oh, this is so bad.’ I remember getting really depressed. I was thinking about disappearing,” said Lio. “I remember reaching out to Paige because of the situation she went through and everybody saying negative comments to her. I saw her at the Performance Center and she was talking about the things she went through and how she dealt with it. I asked her if she could reach out to Emma for me and tell her that I didn’t mean anything hurtful. I don’t know (if she got any message).”