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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.
According to Twitch streamer Faith, TSM pro Fortnite player Cowboy, whom is married, sent inappropriate messages to an underage female streamer. Speaking to the streamer, who wants to remain anonymous, she was made uncomfortable. Cowboy has since deleted his twitter and discord. pic.twitter.com/7PmRvfsl4U— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 6, 2019
“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.
Yesterday Cowboy was officially released and is no longer affiliated with us.— TSM (@TSM) March 6, 2019
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.
First to be clear, the girl in the above video (Faith) is NOT the underage streamer— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 6, 2019
Second, the amount of comments on what Faith is wearing is disturbing yet predictable. Women streamers can, will, should wear whatever they want and they don't give a shit about what you think.
Cowboy has made a statement in his offline Twitch chat pic.twitter.com/obz8v5US1W— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 6, 2019
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. I’m purely speaking about our contract resolution that fans seem to not believe is possible.— Leena Xu (@leena_xu) March 7, 2019
“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 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.