23-year-old Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighting game contestant Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada has confirmed the allegation against him of sexual abuse.
In a statement he shared on Twitter, the U.S. player apologized to Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth, who made the allegations that Quazada took advantage of this on a tournament trip in 2017.
Quezada said he intends to get help, which is why he is leaving social media in addition to the racetracks. He also said he needed growth and learning.
- I betrayed you all. I'm sorry, Quezada decided opinion.
Lauth reported the abuse on Twitter on Twitter. Lauth was 15 years old and Quezada 20 at the time of the incident.
Quezada deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts after Lauth wrote, but later restored his Twitter account to publish his statement. Quezada has 190,000 followers on Twitter, 213,000 subscribers on YouTube and 325,000 fans on Twitch.
NRG Esports, represented by Quezada for several years, announced on Thursday that it would terminate the contract with the player immediately. The NRG spoke on the matter before the statement issued by Quezada. One of the owners of NRG is basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal.
Nintendo, which is releasing Smash, is also reacting quickly. The introductory video of Quezada quickly disappeared after Lauth’s accusations began to spread in Some. Nintendo has generally kept its distance from the racing side of its games, so the quick response surprised fans.