LA Thieves' Cuyler "Huke" Garland has released a tell-all YouTube video earlier today where the Call of Duty pro makes shocking revelations about his time on his former team, Dallas Empire. In it, the 2020 world champ delves into every aspect of his past two years in the Call of Duty League.
This includes confirming his use of Adderall to win the 2020 CDL Championship, teammates spreading false rumours, new teammates buying into those rumours and why he was benched twice in as many months.
Huke paints his time at Dallas Empire as an unhappy one. (Picture: Activision Blizzard)
The video begins with Huke revealing how he took Adderall during his time with Dallas in 2019-2020. He confirms he wasn't sober for the entire year, which he later revealed was a result of pressure from teammates. The former champ also stated that new players are pressured into doing Adderall as well. This pressure either comes from teammates or other outside sources that claim using the drug will help them succeed when playing Call of Duty. Throughout the video, Huke never names any specific players or teammates.
Dallas Empire were the CDL Champions in 2020 after defeating Atlanta FaZe in the Grand Final. (Picture: Activision Blizzard)
His use of Adderall seemingly directly relates to his turbulent 2021. According to him, he quit using the drug after he won Champs in 2020. He stated "I won Champs and I didn't feel good," referring to being on the drug during the event. Because of this feeling, he sobered up prior to the 2021 season.
Huke began doing other things to replace the feeling of Adderall. This included taking cold showers, meditating and eating healthier. It's here that his Dallas teammates began to notice a change in his behaviour. Huke even stated that a teammate, who remains nameless, called him and was confused as to why he was acting so differently.
The call was apparently the beginning of the end for Huke's time on the Empire. After Dallas lost in the Stage 1 Major, his teammates supposedly began calling him out for any poor performances or even for “being too positive.” Naturally, this directly impacted Huke’s performance in matches and led to a subpar Stage 2 for him and the Empire.
At the beginning of Stage 3, Huke got a call from his brother telling him he was being benched by Dallas. Huke tried to reason with Rambo, the coach, and owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail to no avail. The staff told Huke he was making too many mistakes and talked over him to get their point across. He remained on the roster to see if things could change.
Although, the bridges between the two parties were pretty much burnt from this point on. Huke no longer trusted the Empire and vice versa. However, he altered his entire playstyle and listened to his teammates at every turn. This led to a match win against Paris Legion but even so, Empire benched him. According to him, none of his teammates told him the news.
Eventually, Huke ends up on LA Thieves after a trade. Shortly after this happens, however, Huke finds out there are rumours going around that he’s still on drugs. Huke doesn’t name who started these rumours but it’s implied someone on Dallas was the root cause. The nickname “Crazy Cuyler” followed him to LA and the Thieves players and staff even bought into the rumours.
Despite this, no one reached out to Huke. The rumours led to his benching from LA just a few weeks after he was acquired.
It a turn of events that doesn't seem to be coincidental, Huke's video was released just hours before LA Thieves announced he was to return to the starting roster.
Abusing Adderall and other stimulants commonly used to treat ADHD is a fact of life for many esport professionals and an open secret in many games. Only tournament organizer, ESL and their CS:GO tournaments have prohibited such drugs, with the Esport Integrity Commission (ESIC) tasked with testing players throughout the season. Players can still be on the medication, though a prescription is required.