Professional Smash player Elliot Bastien “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce will be retiring from competing after admitting to having a relationship with a 16-year-old fellow competitor.
This comes after his ex-girlfriend spoke out about the emotional abuse she endured at his hands in March 2018, but Ally has clarified that this situation has been settled in court and he has been advised to not speak to her or address it publicly since.
Ally, who was 27 at the time of their dating, posted an apology on Twitter whilst announcing his retirement.
He said, “I’m going to admit I dated Zack. I didn’t do him any wrongs but it was a stupid mistake regardless and I’m really sorry for not saying it until now. I was really scared. I’m sorry Tanim [Omary, another pro Smash player] for lying to you about dating him.”
Omary had accused Ally of dating Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth, and this obviously caused a lot of controversy due to the ages of the two involved.
Both players denied accusations at the time, but CaptainZack has now tweeted out that the situation had been dealt with and he wants to move forward.
As one of the more popular players in the scene, Ally may have written his own life sentence from the community with this one. It's a serious situation that could have serious potential consequences, but at the very least it has pushed him to end his career as a competitor. Based on state laws CaptainZack was of age, but regardless, the situation raises some questions on Ally's character.
Whether more is likely to come from this, we don't know. Hopefully CaptainZack can deal with and get over the situation comfortably and in his own time.
The next Smash Ultimate tournament is this weekend, with some of the best players in the world coming to GINX Esports TV's home turf, London, for Albion 4 at the Emirates Stadium on July 6-7.