IMPACT Wrestling’s Trey Miguel landed himself in hot water Wednesday after using homophobic language in a now-deleted exchange on Facebook. Miguel (real name Trey McBrayer), part of the popular Rascalz stable, responded to a troll comment from another Facebook user by equating being unattractive with being gay.
“Obviously you’re gay. Most people as unattractive as you become gay out of fear of rejection form the opposite sex. So you find comfort, ability and familiarity in the same sex and end up matching someone who’s the same as you… gay. Because there’s no other fucking options. You ugly bitch … [Yeah], truth’s a bitch.”
Miguel’s comments admittedly came in response to a Facebook user, who clearly holds his own offensive dispositions regarding the LGBTQ community, whose clear intent was to troll the well-known high-flyer, but Miguel’s language is inexcusable.
Miguel issued an apology later Wednesday via Facebook, stating that he isn’t “anti-LGBTQ+” and that his comments were not “right or tasteful.”
“I’m not anti-LGBTQ+. I made some very mean comments to a member of the community in regards to why they were a member and it wasn’t right or tasteful. Regardless of the comments made to get me to such an ugly place, I was wrong and I’m not afraid to admit it. Two of my very best friends are members of said community and I’d take a bullet [for] either of them. I won’t try to justify anything I said but I will apologize like a man. If I offended you then I’m genuinely sorry. Please find it in your hearts to forgive me. If you can’t forgive me, I do not blame you. But this world needs more love than hate and I’m sorry for contributing to the less desired of the two.”
This isn’t the first time Miguel has resorted to offensive comments in heated situations online. In 2019, Miguel lashed out at fellow pro wrestler David Starr after he had worn wrestling gear supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Twitter exchange quickly turned sour, as Miguel’s criticism devolved into anti-Semetisim, including mocking Starr, who is Jewish, for posting images of himself crying at a former Nazi concentration camp and visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Miguel also invoked the controversial phrase “All Lives Matter” before making light of Starr being a victim of revenge porn and threatening to re-post the video online.