Flip Gordon Believes Marty Scurll Deserves A Second Chance

Marty Scurll has become a shadowy presence in wrestling after a scandal involving a sexual encounter with an intoxicated teenage girl derailed his career. Still, Flip Gordon is speaking out in his defense and insisted that Scurll was deserving of a second chance.

The British-born Scurll's career halted in 2020 when he was accused of taking sexual advantage of a 16-year-old girl who was intoxicated while attending an IPW: UK show in 2015. Scurll released statements following the accusations, confirming the encounter took place but stating that he had believed it to be consensual.

Before the story emerged, Scurll was a prominent figure in Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and his career peaks included the ROH World Television Championship and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After the story broke, he was dropped by his promotions and has been persona non grata with the other major wrestling organizations. He has only been occasionally active in small indie leagues, such as the Battle Arts Professional Wrestling promotion in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

In an interview with "WrestleBinge by Sportskeeda," Gordon recalled being tag team partners with Scurll in Mexico and stated the two would be wrestling in an upcoming promotion in Costa Rica.

"I don't know if we're tagging down there, -if we're wrestling each or other wrestling different people, but we're both booked," he said. "I haven't seen the card. I think it's kind of a surprise."

Gordon identified Scurll as always having been a good friend since he came into wrestling.

'I'm continuing to improve and grow and I think that's what life's about.'

"From the very beginning, he literally in the first episode of BTE II gave me the shirt off his back," he said. "And that is literally the kind of the type of friend he is and has been since I've known him. And when I got injured, he was the first person to text me and be like, 'Dude, don't stress, don't rush – we'll figure this out. And, so, to have a friend like that is really cool."

Gordon viewed Scurll and himself as having been on the receiving end of cancel culture, but he added that "everybody deserves a second chance, and I believe that everybody can change. And I'm proof of that because I'm not who I was 10 years ago, five years ago. I'm continuing to improve and grow and I think that's what life's about, is growth."

He added the upcoming Costa Rica foray – which also coincides with his birthday – will be special thanks to Scurll's presence.

"Every time I get to see him, it's like, 'Yo, it's my homie,'" Gordon said. "And life's about seeing friends and family and putting smiles on people's faces. And if we're able to do that, then more power to us."