More than three months after making his latest public statement, earlier Super Smash Bros. rival Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada released a video today that talked about his future plans.
Quezada was one of several Smash players who faced accusations and bans around sexual misconduct and robbery last summer. Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth claimed that Quezada started a sexual relationship with him when Quezada was 20 and he was 15.
But in the months following Lauth’s allegations, Quezada and several others began digging holes and exposing flaws in Lauth̵
Now, months later, Quezada is back and confirms that the trial is over. He gave no specific details about his legal battle, but he said that the two sides reached a “legal agreement” and that he can now focus on moving on with life.
When he talked about moving on, he mentioned that he did not think he would return Smash or content creation.
“I felt at one point that I needed to heal away from the place I once called home, and the home was obviously that Smash society, ”said Quezada. “I never saw myself compete again. I never saw myself working with teams and sponsors again. And as much as it sucks because I really, really love doing it, I never saw myself streaming and creating content again. “
But he said that changed when he received a Discord invitation from a friend on his birthday, November 7, and joined a surprising voice chat full of his old members of the community. Everyone wished him a congratulations on the day, and he spent hours catching up with them and listening to stories about how he positively impacted their lives with their streams and content.
His community followed up by sending him a book full of photos they took with them to various tournaments and events over the years, and also adding a personal message to them.
“After that day, I realized that if I could help just one more person have a better day, I think it would be worth trying again,” Quezada said. That said, I will try to stream again. I would love to go back to playing games and having fun with the community we built, and trying to move on. ”
Despite his hopes, he understands that the reality of the situation is still not favorable considering how long he has been away, and the situation that caused all this will cause many people to hesitate to support or accept him.
Quezada is also still banned from Twitch, although he has filed a complaint. He said he has always considered Twitch as his home for streaming since he has been active on the platform for more than seven years. But if nothing changes, he will explore other options.
Quezada ended his video by talking about how he has gone to therapy often. He thanked several people who reached out to him, offered support and helped convince him to get help, and encouraged others to do so if they had access to it.
“For me personally, I wish I had done it before,” Quezada said. “It has been a great help to me from the very beginning. I do not know what is happening from here on out, all I know for sure is that I miss hanging out with my community. I miss being able to help different causes and charities, and I wish I could support my family again, because they trusted me. ”
As of now, Lauth has given no answer, and society as a whole seems open to seeing Quezada return to Smash society slowly, as long as he continues to receive help and is transparent going forward. Many players, such as Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby and Ramin “Mr.R” Delshad, are already urging society to embrace him as he heals and tries to move on.