While commentating Skullgirls gameplay on Ryan Priceâs Twitch channel, a caster remarked how a fighter was âsuffocatingâ their opponent, before Mike Z replied: âWould it be fair to say that, you canât breathe?"
The remark was met with a long pause of silence from the other casters, while the chat filled with disapproving comments.
The âjokeâ refers to George Floydâs final words âI canât breatheâ, which has become a phrase used by protestors in the US against police brutality.
Shortly after the stream, Mike Z issued an apology on TwitLonger, branding it âstupidly insensitiveâ and explaining how he immediately regretted the comment.
âIâm wholeheartedly sorry for making a much-too-soon comment that was definitely in poor taste,â the post reads. âWhat matters is how it came out, not my intent, and it came out super badly.
I FULLY apologize. I said something stupidly insensitive, and I regret it.â Mike Zaimont (@MikeZSez) June 5, 2020
âI have tried to be sensitive to all types of equality issues in every aspect of life, but Iâm not a public person or a great speaker and some of what I say is stupid junk. This single bad joke doesnât represent my views on racial inequality or on the systemic injustice present in the United States.
âI hope the rest of my actions in life are a testament to that.â
Skullgirls is one of the big titles at EVO Online (Picture: Lab Zero Games)
He added: âIf people prefer I not commentate anymore, Iâm more than happy to oblige.â
Dominique âSonicFoxâ McLean, who recently had his own NPC character in Skullgirls, defended Mike Z over his comments in a Twitter thread.
âMike is one of my best/closest friends to me, especially knowing what he values and what his feelings are, so it is only natural for me to forgive him more easily than others, especially when he holds himself accountable,â SonicFox wrote.
Mike is one of my best/closest friends to me, especially knowing what he values and what his feelings are, so it is only natural for me to forgive him more easily than others, especially when he holds himself accountable.â SonicFox 1312 (@SonicFox) June 5, 2020
You dont have to do the same. Its perfectly fine.
âYou donât have to do the same. Its perfectly fine.
âAs his friend I will ensure he makes good of his promises, that you can count on.â
Skullgirls is set to be one of key games at EVO Online, alongside Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, Killer Instinct and Themâs Fightinâ Herds.