Smash community uncovers numerous sexual misconduct allegations

Since grooming allegations against John “SleepyK” Lee went public, the Smash community has experienced a sort of revived #MeToo movement. Many Smashers have come forward to share their stories of abuse, often at the hands of prominent community members. Smash figures accused of sexual misconduct include Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, D’Ron “D1” Maingrette, Cinnamon “Cinnpie” Dunson, and Richard “Keitaro” King Jr.

Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth released a TwitLonger accusing Nairo of engaging in sexual acts with him beginning in 2017. In 2017, CaptainZack was 15 years old, while Nairo was nearly 21. CaptainZack also claimed that Nairo paid him to stay quiet about their relationship after CaptainZack’s relationship with Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce came to light.

When the allegation first surfaced, CaptainZack and Nairo both denied it. However, Nairo deactivated his Twitter account after CaptainZack made his formal accusation. Nairo has since reactivated his Twitter account and issued an apology. In addition, NRG has removed Nairo from its competitive Smash roster in response to the sexual misconduct allegations.

D1 tweeted a simple “yo” in response to the accusation of sexual misconduct against fellow Smash Ultimate player Nairo. A few hours later, Kaitlyn “KTDominate” Redeker accused D1 of raping her in 2016. In her TwitLonger, KTDominate accused D1 of having sex with her while she was drunk. D1 responded by apologizing to KTDominate, while claiming that he was also drunk and unable to consent as a result. He also claimed that he couldn’t remember that night, and only knew what others had told him about the incident.

Other accusations in the Smash community

Troy “Puppeh” Wells shared his experience with sexual misconduct from Smash commentator Cinnpie. Puppeh claimed that Cinnpie engaged in sexual acts with him in 2016. At the time, Puppeh was 14 years old and Cinnpie was 24. While this allegation had circulated as a rumor in the past, Cinnpie and Puppeh both denied it at the time. Cinnpie has not released a public statement since Puppeh levied this accusation against her.

An anonymous Twitter account accused Keitaro of having sex with a minor in 2018. Keitaro confirmed the validity of the allegation in his own TwitLonger a few hours later. He confessed that 16-year-old “shiva” had gotten drunk while playing Super Smash Bros. against him as a drinking game. Keitaro admitted that he later engaged in sexual intercourse with her in a pool.

These are some of the most prominent Smash community members who have faced sexual misconduct allegations recently. However, the full list of allegations is much more expansive. A comprehensive thread of abuse claims is available on Reddit.

Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Super Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon.