SlasheR and ACHES Hope for Drug Testing in the CDL After Huke’s Adderall Admission
The Call of Duty League is in a complicated place right now with the recent video that came out by current world champ Huke. Playing for the Los Angeles Thieves at this time, Huke’s video shook up the pro scene and now there are players calling for changes, including CDL drug testing.
Call of Duty Players Comment on Huke’s Video
In particular, there are two main former and current pro players who have commented on the video from Huke about his prior use of Adderall during Call of Duty League matches, and they are SlasheR and ACHES. Both players had a similar outlook on the situation, ultimately calling for CDL drug testing.
In the case of SlasheR, fellow pro player Octane of the Seattle Surge tweeted out to him asking if he is “enjoying the TL” right now. SlasheR responded to this tweet, noting that he has been “calling for something to be done since 2013” in the pro scene of the Call of Duty League.
The storied and talented player noted that he plays all natural and has done so, but wishes that he could have played against some of the other best players in the league while they are sober. He further noted that these unmentioned players would probably “be visually shaking on stage.”
With that said, he made sure to conclude that he was glad that Cuyler “Huke” Garland admitted to using Adderall in the Call of Duty League and matches in the past. Overall, this tweet from SlasheR shows his support for Huke but also change in the Call of Duty League moving forward.
For the player to note that he has been calling for changes in the competitive scene of Call of Duty since 2013 shows that this is an issue that is not only widespread but deeply ingrained in the franchise’s esports. More than likely, this is an issue that goes far beyond just Huke.
It is also interesting that SlasheR was willing to put this tweet out since Huke is now his current teammate on the Los Angeles Thieves after the Dallas Empire benched him and the Thieves picked him up. Though both players were benched by the Thieves, they are now returning to the main roster at the same time, just in time for the LA Thieves Home Series and Stage 4 Major.
ACHES Also Commented on the Matter
That said, SlasheR was not the only player to comment on the matter as ACHES did, too. The two-time Call of Duty world champion who now focuses on content creation tweeted out a lengthy letter on Twitter that reveals his thoughts on the matter.
ACHES started out the letter by noting that he likes Huke and wishes him the best after his admission of using Adderall. But with his video admitting to this being the case in his past matches, ACHES is concerned about the bigger questions that it brings about.
Since a current Call of Duty League player (not a retired one) has admitted to using drugs to gain an edge in matches, this is a huge problem as this goes directly against the rules in both the league contracts and the player agreements.
ACHES claims that the Call of Duty League has been warned about the use of Adderall in the past, and how there needs to be CDL drug testing to address it, but that nothing has been done up until now. Though it is against the rules, ACHES states that the CDL has “turned a blind eye” since before the league even began.
Call of Duty League Needs Drug Testing and Support for Players
This issue has been going on for a long time, according to ACHES, and that some people thought it would change when the more proper league was formed and began in 2020. However, that was not the case as seen in the fact that Huke used Adderall during the 2020 championship event.
If this is true, and it seems to be the likely case based on the admission from Huke, it would be problematic for both Activision and the Call of Duty League. The league is touted as this answer to the major sports leagues that we have in the NBA, NFL, and so on, with the production and quality of them.
While that is the case in many areas, not having CDL drug testing sets the league far behind those other counterparts. There are strict rules in place in these leagues to prevent players from abusing drugs to gain an edge or any other reason.
This is common practice and, while it is not perfect, it would at least help to find out the players in Call of Duty League who are abusing drugs while competing. Not even having this basic practice is a problem and ACHES is right in that Activision cannot turn a blind eye to this anymore.
But, beyond that, just having CDL drug testing is not enough. There are clear, profoundly deep reasons why players are using these drugs and SlasheR’s note about some players likely shaking on stage if they were off them is a huge red flag that also needs to be addressed.
Huke’s video is a powerful moment that gives the chance for the league to get him and any other player abusing drugs the help that they need so that they can be the talented players that they are without having to gain an edge over the competition. Activision has yet to officially comment on this whole situation regarding Huke and the overall drug problem, but we will update in the future if that changes.