Fortnite pro booted from team following allegations that he messaged underage girl

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North American esports organization Team SoloMid, or TSM, has dropped pro Fortnite player Noah “Cowboy” Cmiel. The move comes in light of accusations of inappropriate interactions from an anonymous underage streamer.

The accusations were first brought to light by Twitch streamer Faith. She broadcast a video this week in which she alleges Cowboy sent inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old girl—and she claimed to have receipts.

“Imagine messaging a 16-year-old girl when you’re married,” Faith said. “Imagine you’re at TSM and you message an underage girl saying ‘lookin good.'”

Faith alleges that Cowboy sent the young woman several inappropriate messages, including an invitation to his private Discord server. Shortly after, TSM distanced itself from Cowboy, careful to avoid any mention of the reason behind his removal from the team.

Rod Breslau, an esports analyst and consultant, reached out to the young woman in question. In a Twitter post, Breslau explained that the young streamer—who wishes to remain anonymous—was made uncomfortable by Cowboy’s messages.

Cowboy later made a statement via his offline Twitch chat. “Please don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” Cowboy wrote. “I am not married and I have hired a lawyer to clear my name.” He noted that he couldn’t discuss anything publicly, but was clear that “I am not a pedofile (sic).”

Cowboy has deleted both his Twitch account and the private Discord server he allegedly invited the young streamer to. In a statement posted to Twitter, TSM president Leena Xu said that Cowboy breached his contract, allowing the esports team to sever ties. “I found out Saturday and reached out to the girls,” she wrote. “I brought what I found to his lawyer and agent on Monday. Cowboy understood what came next and our contract allows for us to terminate when breached.”

“If he wants to defend himself publicly, that’s not my battle since we are terminated,” she continued. “I’m purely speaking about our contract resolution that fans seem to not believe is possible.”

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.