The Smash community is still dealing with the repercussions of allegations of sexual misconduct and grooming against some of the most renowned figures within it, including Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada.
Previously sponsored by RNG, the former pro-player was accused by Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth in July 2020 of being involved in a sexual relationship when Lauth was underage while Nairo was soon to be 21 in 2017.
Banned from Twitch, losing his sponsor, and unable to upload content to his YouTube channel without receiving a barrage of hateful comments and dislikes, Nairo went dark for three months, resurfacing to deny said allegations, adding that he had retained the services of a lawyer to deal with the situation.
In February, Nairo updated fans about reaching a resolution that would allow him to finally move on from the incident, going back into content creation and streaming via YouTube.
Due to seemingly clearing his name, multiple important Smash event organisers unbanned Nairo, allowing him to compete should he wish to return. Of course, as he's still banned from Twitch this is still not possible, furthermore, Nairo has publicly stated he has no interest in competing at the moment.
It all seemed water under the bridge -- until now.
Controversial content creator Technicals released a YouTube video explaining via piecing together circumstantial evidence the reasons for why Nairo should be banned from tournaments again, despite, as we've mentioned, his Twitch ban not allowing him to compete even if he wanted to.
The 15-minute video groups together statements from pros such as Gavin "Tweek" Dempsey and Saleem "Salem" Akiel Young made in 2020 amid the initial accusations by CaptainZack, explaining the dynamics of Zack and Nairo's relationship back in 2017 when the incident took place.
The twitlongers presented, which have been publicly available for more than a year at this point, are accompanied by a single photograph of Zack, 15 at the time, resting his head on Nairo's lap, aged 20.
Technicals then goes on to dissect Nairo's October 2020 refutal of the allegations by once again, creating a narrative devoid of substance other than conjectures and third-party statements, which as we've learned during the past 18 months, tend to be not as reliable as one might think.
After months and months of drama, it seems the Smash scene can't or won't learn from previous mistakes, feeding into it like moths to a flame.
You can watch Technicals, who previously welcomed back ZeRo to the world of content creation while confirming the former pro did indeed send inappropriate messages to a 14-year-old via Skype, break down the situation down below.
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Featured image courtesy of Nairo.