Omega issues statement regarding sex offender being booked Submitted by Aaron Rift on 06/30/2018 at 06:16 PM
Kenny Omega issued a statement regarding convicted sex offender Chasyn Rance being booked at the NJPW (part of CEO ’18 Fighting Game Championships) event in Florida on Friday night. Omega, who helped book the show, wrote the following:
"I wanted to thank everyone that tuned into the stream or joined us live for CEOxNJPW. All of our talent had a great time and fed off your incredible energy throughout the entire night. I'm incredibly proud of everything I personally produced but unfortunately made a terrible oversight by allowing a dark match featuring local talent I wasn't personally familiar with. (Admittedly, I'd met Chasyn Rance once in 2004, but a lot can happen in 14 years).
I'm terribly sorry for anyone in the building that felt unsafe or personally offended by his inclusion on the show. I will personally provide refunds to anyone in attendance that couldn't enjoy themselves because of this.
As for fans that were taken aback on stream, again, my bad. I'd allowed our ring crew (also a wrestling school) to participate in a dark match (minus graphics and music) as a show of appreciation for the hard work they'd done to help prepare our set for the show. There were a large group of people and I'd very simply asked for "2 guys that could have a basic and effective dark match". Chasyn and Epic were the wrestlers they chose and I was reassured they were more than capable. The match itself went fine, and both of them were pleasant backstage, but I didn't realize until much later via social media etc, that the first dark match I'd allowed for caused trauma amongst some fans. By no means do I wish to support or defend these people - I trusted blindly and potentially tarnished the name of an event that was very important to me and took a lot of time and finances to realize. I'm sorry for anyone truly hurt by this and can assure people that I won't be taking chances like this in the future. I will monitor every detail directly if/when we challenge CEOxNJPW part 2."
Rance had been convicted of lewd and lascivious sex with a minor in 2011.