Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pro Ezra "Samsora" Morris has been banned from various competitive tournaments and he apparently is fine with it.
Effective immediately starting today, Samsora received an indefinite ban from various tournaments organized by a handful of tournament organizers in the Smash community. This includes the Smash World Tour.
According to Cyrus "Cagt" Gharakhanian, the reason dates back to events that happened when Samsora refused to take "full accountability" for his involvement with the situation between Narioby “Nairo” Quezada and Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth.
While Nairo has been slowly getting accepted back into the Smash community's competitive scene, a lot of Smash players associated with the situation have been getting backlash as of late. Nairo announced a return to streaming in February after being shunned for allegedly grooming CaptainZack when the fellow Smash pro was a minor. It came out later on that CaptainZack may have blackmailed Nairo and forced the situation on him, although the Smash community is still unsure which account of the events is legitimate.
Saleem "Salem" Young was recently banned from Cagt's tournament events among others after the Smash pro admitted to his involvement with the situation. While the Steve player has denied knowing about Nairo's age at the time that he encouraged CaptainZack to pursue the relationship, the story has continued to cause controversy within the pro Smash community.
This includes Salem calling out Samsora for also knowing about the situation that was taking place between Nairo and CaptainZack. It seemed that Samsora knew more about the situation than he was letting on, including encouraging CaptainZack's behavior and then turning on Nairo.
Samsora admitted to knowing about the situation after being called out in November. But he claimed he had distanced himself from both parties. According to Cagt: "The damages done due to his actions during the July events and lack of full accountability show that proper punishment should be met in order to find necessary closure."
In response to being banned, Samsora decided to tweet about the situation later in the day. In the tweet, Samsora claimed he was "relieved" to be banned.
"Now I can do whatever the freak I want without feeling there is a cloud above my head," Samsora explained. "There's so much in life out there."
He then told fans not to be concerned for him. Samsora said he accepted full responsibility for his actions.
It's currently unclear what Samsora is planning or what he hopes to pursue after being banned from a handful of Smash tournaments. His Twitter bio still includes information about his Smash career so he is most likely not planning to leave the scene entirely.
Some in the Smash community were displeased with Samsora's reaction to the tournament bans. It seemed that he was, once again, not taking the situation too seriously. Instead of showing genuine concern for his actions, Samsora was displaying "impulsive" reactions to the tournament news.
Multiple fans expressed how they were no longer going to "look up" to the talented Smash player. While Nairo's return is still leaving the community torn, many Smash fans believe that the former pro is innocent and deserves to return to the competitive scene after being aggressively canceled.
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