One of the best teams in the Call of Duty Challengers league, Atlanta FaZe, has lost one of its key players after he used homophobic slurs on stream.
Daunte “Sibilants” Gray, 18, was playing in an online scrims against Chicago Huntsmen on 23rd July when his team won a map of Domination. While gloating about the win, he said numerous homophobic slurs directed at fans of Chicago Huntsmen.
After being banned on Twitch and dropped from the team entirely, Sibilants has since released an apology over his actions.
“I’m not going to sugar coat it. I fu*ked up,” the post reads. “I shouldn’t have said what I said and I lost everything because of it.
“I’m aware that my words and actions are broadcasted to the world in a different way from most people considering the audience that follows me.
“I sincerely apologise to anyone who I may have offended today with what I said. My intention wasn’t to offend any members of the LGBTQ community. I got caught up in my chat trying to cause drama in the middle of our scrim with the Chicago Huntsmen and said something I shouldn’t have.
“I hope to move past this and learn from my experience. I’m sorry again to faze, my community, and for letting everyone who supported me down. I’ll be back.”
It was a drastic shift in tone when compared to a tweet sent out an hour previously, where he seemed hostile towards Chicago Huntsmen fans.
Y’all trippin if you think ima let sum huntsmen fans get 2 me if you dont like me then thas yo problem ill never paint a perfect picture just for social media i am who i am. I’ll be back regardless so fuck yo opinion i know who i am. Preciate the support <333— Sib (@Sibilants_) July 24, 2020
It might be worrying news for Atlanta FaZe Academy, who have finished first in five Open events during this year’s season and become arguably the best team.
A number of players in the Call of Duty League have expressed their view on the issue, including James “Clayster” Eubanks from Dallas Empire.
Weird how things work, an AM playing CHI can use a word when he's heated at the toxicity he's getting in his chat and get dropped from his team, but a pro can call another pro the same word on stream (last year) and nobody cares. Cancel culture is whack, people make mistakes.— Empire Clayster (@Clayster) July 24, 2020
The Call of Duty League is set continue with the Toronto Ultra Home Series starting Friday 24th July.