AEW has released an official apology for Cody Rhodes's actions following his match at AAA's Triple Mania XXVII in Mexico City last month.
Rhodes, who is the Executive Vice President for AEW, participated in what he thought was a typical celebratory chant in Mexico with his teammates Psycho Clown and former UFC Champion Cain Velasquez.
Cody and his teammates chanted the Spanish slur "Puto" following their match. The term is seen a derogatory and homophobic. Athletic bodies have created strict guidelines to prohibit the use of these types of chants, including suspending soccer matches in France and Brazil under updated FIFA guidelines after fans used such chants.
According to Out Sports, Psycho Clown regularly uses the chant during his matches and AAA events. Also, Pentagon Jr. was heard yelling the term during the ladder match at AEW All Out, where he teamed with Rey Fenix against The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson). Per the official statement from AEW:
“Cody joined his teammates at AAA TripleMania for what he understood to be their post-match tradition in Mexico and was unaware of any negative connotations. Certainly, the last thing Cody would want to do is to hurt or offend anyone, anywhere.”