18 April 2024
Games Technology

A number of Preventing Recreation Tournaments Ban Competitor After Girl Says He Beat And Raped Her

A number of organizations have banned combating sport competitor Andre “OmGiTzAndre” Howard from competing at their occasions after a fellow neighborhood member stated he raped and assaulted her. The girl described the abuse final evening after her boyfriend spoke about it in a podcast on Tuesday.

Up to date: 03/04/24, 1:55 p.m. ET: Howard has since returned and positioned seventh in a March 2024 FGC match in Florida resulting in outcry from followers.

Howard is an everyday competitor on the combating sport scene, with a number of finals appearances in Final Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. (He’s additionally recognized for pleading guilty to credit card fraud and identity theft in 2016.) As Howard got here up on Tuesday evening’s episode of The On Blast Show, a weekly Twitch podcast, fellow participant Joey “Joey D” D’Alessandro dropped a bombshell.

“He’s a rapist,” D’Alessandro claimed within the stream’s chat. “He raped my girlfriend.”

Dialogue on the time was centered on Northeast Championship, an annual match sequence in Pennsylvania. One of many present’s hosts, Melanie “MoxXiePeachez” Shaw, described an incident in 2015 throughout which Howard bodily assaulted the girl within the room they shared on the occasion. Shaw added that, after the girl acquired away from Howard, she discovered a good friend who intervened by “knocking Andre the fuck out.”

After the podcast, many community members referred to as on match organizers to ban him from their occasions. Some, like Kumite in Tennessee head Ian Davis, did so, however most remained silent.

Neighborhood reactions to severe fees or accusations in opposition to combating sport rivals have been inconsistent. Noel Brown was concerned in numerous altercations earlier than getting banned from occasions after inappropriately touching a lady on digicam, and at the very least one lady in the neighborhood has spoken out in regards to the lack of help she’s acquired coping with a stalker.

Howard uploaded a video to YouTube (which has since been eliminated) denying claims that he raped the girl. He additionally referred to what occurred at Northeast Championship as an “argument,” saying that the attendee who intervened solely did so as a result of “he thought I used to be coming at him to combat him” and “the liquor took over.”

The girl who says Howard raped her shared extra particulars late Wednesday evening in a now-deleted Fb put up, claiming that Howard compelled himself on her one evening in December 2015, just some days earlier than the match, regardless of her cries and pleas to cease. After the assault at Northeast Championship, she says Howard threatened to cancel her flight dwelling and depart her stranded, successfully blocking her from involving the right authorities.

“Andre was torn up over this, crying, threatening to harm himself for what he did, and so forth.,” she wrote. “I used to be nonetheless frightened of him however I didn’t need something unhealthy to occur to him. Might I actually name it rape or go to authorities if we each had been drunk and the abuser claims he doesn’t bear in mind doing it? So I made a decision to maintain quiet about all of it and shield myself one of the best I might.”

Because the Fb put up, among the greatest combating sport organizations on this planet have banned Howard from their tournaments, together with Combo Breaker, Community Effort Orlando, Final Round, and Big E Gaming. Compete has reached to the girl and Andre for remark. This put up shall be up to date in the event that they reply.

Ian Walker loves combating video games and writing about them. You could find him on Twitter at @iantothemax.