Disgraced Former WWE Superstar Issues Apology

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A controversial former WWE Superstar has apologised.

Patrick Clark — better known to wrestling fans as Velveteen Dream was released by WWE in May 2021 after a controversy-hit run with the company. At one point, it appeared that Dream had the world at his feet, and was destined for super-stardom, but after a series of serious allegations his career unraveled.

In April 2020, Clark was accused of sending indecent images to a minor, and this was followed by more allegations later that year. Clark denied any wrongdoing. The former star was arrested in August 2022, for First Degree Battery and Trespassing. He was arrested again just six days later on charges relating to possessing drug paraphernalia. This second arrest was reportedly tied to a conviction in November 2021 on drug-related charges.

In September 2022, EC3 alleged that Velveteen Dream left his phone in the bathroom in an attempt to film explicit videos of his colleagues without their consent while they worked for WWE. Furthermore, EC3 claimed that WWE was aware of the alleged offence.

Speaking in a new video on social media, the former NXT North American Champion apologised to WWE, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels.

“As you’ve probably seen or heard over the course of the last few years. I want to apologize for my behavior, both professionally and personally. I always preach to those closest to me about the power of accountability and responsibility, and I take full accountability for my behavior over the last three years of my life.

When narratives were written about me, it doesn’t matter. It didn’t matter what was written about me. It didn’t matter what was said about me. It doesn’t matter what’s on the internet about me. I was wrong, okay? And because of that, I need to apologize to a few people.

First, I want to apologize to the WWE organization. I want to apologize to the WWE organization for any unwanted attention and negative press that I brought to your brand and your product. I want to apologize to the WWE fans and The Velveteen Dream fans because when you hear the name Velveteen Dream, it should have only been spoken about in a productive and positive light.

Not the name Patrick Clark as another statistic of what happens when talent and opportunity meet immaturity. Okay, that’s not what you spend your hard-earned money on. It’s not what you invest your time and your money in. When you look on the TV, and you come to the shows, you should escape reality, not have to deal with mine. I want to apologize to the WWE and the fans.

I want to apologize to Paul Levesque. Paul, you are such an understanding and patient man and leader and getting the opportunity to work with you and to learn from you, I get the sense of what makes you who you are and how you’ve been able to handle the responsibility of being in the public light for such a long time. I want to apologize to you, Paul. I’m sorry.

Also, I want to say I’m sorry to Shawn Michaels. Shawn, it’s still beyond me that I’ve been having the opportunity in this lifetime to learn from you and to have your mentorship and guidance. And I apologize if you feel like you’ve wasted your time and your energy investing into me. You have not. I’m still a work in progress. I’m still learning. And I remember all the lessons that you’ve taught me. Shawn, I’m sorry.”

Clark went on to apologise to his family and friends, including Tehuti Miles, better known as Ashante Adonis. In the excerpt below, Clark says no one should feel responsibility for the mistakes he made.

“I want to apologize to my family: my mom, my dad, my brother, my sister, my nieces, and my nephews. Because you may read things, you may hear about things, you may be confronted by people who you don’t know. And you might feel the need to explain yourselves on my behalf. I just want you to know that you do not have to do that ever.

No one should have to explain anything for Patrick Clark. No one should have to trend because of Patrick Clark. No one should have to ask, you know, to answer the questions. ‘Where is Patrick now? What did Patrick do? What happened with Patrick?’ That’s not your responsibility. And I don’t want you to feel burdened with that responsibility. That’s my responsibility, okay? And I apologize to you all for any energy — negative energy that has had to come your way because of me. Okay.

Again, I want to apologize to the fans and those in my professional and personal life that I’ve affected by my behavior. I’m sorry. I recognize that I was losing myself, and I apologize to anyone that I lost along the way. Anyone that I’ve upset or offended because of my behavior. Man, I’m sorry, and I hope you all forgive me. Thank you.”

When Was Velveteen Dream With WWE?

Velveteen Dream featured in the sixth season of WWE Tough Enough and signed a contract with the company in 2015. The former star was repackaged as the Velveteen Dream in 2017 and went on to North American Champion feuding with many of the biggest names that the Black and Gold brand had to offer.

After a lengthy period out of the ring Dream was released in May 2021.

H/t to WrestlingNews.Co