CoD Pro ZooMaa Steps Down From CDL Due to Injury
What a sad day for CoD it is just in general. One of the most positive, but skilled players in CoD, Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparratto has to step down thanks to a recurring injury. The announcement came from the New York Subliners SMG player only a few days before the 2021 season gets going with the CDL Kickoff Classic. He’s one of the players that this writer personally thinks the highest of in the entirety of the CDL, so to see this news is devastating. Ultimately, he made a smart decision, but we’ll miss his infectious positivity.
Thank You, Italian Stallion
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say ZooMaa is one of the best CoD players to ever do it, so to hear of his injury, it’s terrible. This isn’t an injury that can be overlooked either, not if he wants to keep the use of his hands. ZooMaa revealed that he has a recurring injury in his thumb and wrist. Keeping up active CDL player would only cause the man more pain.
ZooMaa talked about the injury and leaving CoD in a recent Twitlonger:
“Not sure if many of you remember, but a few years back while on FaZe, I struggled with weakness in my thumb/wrist and needed surgery. Going through that process of getting healthy again was one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally, which led to a lot of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world. Playing through the weakness and pain in my hand just isn’t possible anymore. I don’t enjoy competing when I can’t be the ZooMaa everyone knows and loves and feel like it’s not fair to myself or to my team to go through all that again, potentially causing more damage to my hand.”
We cannot even imagine how hard that was to write, to step down from something so beloved. However, even if his hand prevents him from playing now (or in the future), thankfully it may not be the end. After all, ZooMaa has a world of experience and technical knowledge. Can you imagine him taking on the role of a coach? He could impart what he knows onto other players, and bring positivity and light to a community that desperately needs it.
He takes the time to thank the New York Subliners, and Andbox, as well as all the fans over the years. Sadly, with his injury, we probably can’t expect a lot of CoD streams from him. We would be interested to see him watch footage of matches and critique and offer his thoughts on how things play out. Or as a play-by-play/analyst for the CDL. The future is still very bright for ZooMaa in the CDL, injury or not. But we hope he takes the time to feel better, and figure out what is next for him.