Nairo Announces Return to Streaming Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Disgraced Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada has issued his first statement since disappearing from the community following sexual misconduct allegations levied by fellow competitor Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth.
These allegations ended up proving to be at least partially disproven, as it came to light that it was CaptainZack that actually raped Nairo in his sleep, asking Nairo for bribe money to keep it secret, and tried to twist the situation to his advantage due to his minor status and other prominent scandals. Zack was later banned for 5 years for match fixing alongside Ally.
In his statement, Nairo says that all legal troubles have been settled from the situation and that he hopes to move forward with his life, and additionally return to content creation and streaming. His statement does mention competition, but does not say that he will be attempting to return or appeal his various bans from various Smash tournaments.
The Community Reacts With Massive Support
The Smash community, having seen what Zack did, is now in full support of Nairo’s efforts to return to content creation and streaming. In a thread for the video, he received over 1000 comments of support with 7800 upvotes, causing the video to go viral.
Many in the community have also supported Nairo’s return including ESAM, who said:
“Deleted all the tweets I could find of me referencing Nairo being anything but the victim, I don’t want any more negativity than he’s already received being cast or searchable for him. I definitely side with him with all the info we have.”
Many others in the community also apologized for attacking Nairo, and support his unbanning, including Wizzy:
“Nairo, I am so sorry. So sorry for thinking you were the evil one. I was so convinced it was over but i was wrong. You were a victim and didnt deserve any of that. I should’ve came to you and asked about your story first and I didn’t. I was a fool for not coming to you. I thought everything was a done deal and didn’t contact you. I apologize from the bottom of my heart for not being there for you. You made so many people including myself, very happy, smile so much, and inspired to try and do great things. I’m glad you can be around to be able to do that again. I hope you get your Twitch back so you can resume doing what you loved. I hope you continue to heal, and I hope you can find happiness in your future.
Many others replied as well, which you can check out here.
Will Twitch and Others Accept His Apology and Allow Nairo to Return?
It remains to be seen if Twitch and other sponsors and teams will take Nairo’s apology and newly reforged celebrity status in the Smash community into consideration and allow him to return to streaming on the former’s platform.
Esports Talk has reached out to several tournament organizers to see their opinion on Nairo and whether he should be allowed to return to active competition.
Nairo’s Full Statement
Nairo’s full statement on the situation can be read below:
“As many of you know, I’ve been handling things legally for the past half year,” Nairo said in a video posted to his YouTube account. “And I just wanted you guys to know that we’ve reached a legal agreement. As of now, everything is fully resolved, and I’m able to move forward with my life.”
“I did feel at a certain point that I needed to heal away from the place I called home, home being the Smash Community. I never saw myself competing again, i never saw myself working with teams and sponsors again, and (as much as it sucks because I really, really love doing it) I never saw myself streaming and making content again. However, on November 7 at midnight, I was told to join a Discord server and join the voice channel, I got immediately bombarded by tons of my old community members, so many Naikuns showed up and wished me a happy birthday. Even after the call, we stayed in the channel til about 6 AM, just trying to give as many people a chance to talk. Many of them went one by one telling me stories of how I positively impacted their lives, and helped them get through very very hard days and stressful moments in their lives. Hearing from them again was really nice, and hearing their stories really made me happy and very emotional.”
Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise to people that the times where I’ve been happy have been almost non-existent. That day on my birthday it was a really special day and I wil never forget it. After that day I realized that if I can make just one more person have a better day, it would be worth it. SO with that being said, I’d like to stream again, and playing games, having fun with the community again, and move forward from this. But I also know the reality of the situation. People will probably be hesitant. I don’t know how people are going to react to this honestly, but I want to try and move forward. However, as you guys know, I’m permanently banned on Twitch, but I did try and submit an appeal. I did consider Twitch my stream home, having streamed there since the launch of Smash 4, so if I did stream again I’d love to go back there. But we’ll have to see where it goes.
To everyone that has kept me in their thoughts over the past few months, thank you. People were wondering if I was still alive. And I understand, people were so used to seeing me every day for the past five years, and then suddenly couldn’t see me anymore. So I just want people to see that I’m still alive and I’m still hanging in there. And even recently, my brother received a ton of messages wondering how I reacted to Sephiroth’s reveal, given that they know how big of a Final Fantasy 7 fan, so I’m thankful people kept me in their thoughts for that.”
“Currently I’m still doing therapy, so I wanted to use this time to thank Alpharad and others for their help clearing up some misconceptions around that. They educated me about it, and honestly I think everyone should take therapy if they have access to it. Personally, it’s been a big help to me and I wish I’d done it sooner. I also want to thank my circle of friends that have stuck by me. I don’t know what happens from here on out, but I miss hanging out with my community, and I miss helping various causes and charities. I wish I could provide for my family again, because they relied on me.”