After swearing and insulting other competitors, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins decided to ban Anthony “ZexRow” Colandro from future Ninja Battle events.
Ninja announced his own Fortnite tournament series on May 28. The six-week online competition features an $80,000 prize pool each week. After only the first week of play, one pro player has already been banned from future editions of the event.
Team SoloMid‘s ZexRow had 59 points at the end of the first week, making the 19-year-old the clear winner of the competition. With an audience of 15,000 viewers on Ninja’s own Mixer stream, ZexRow decided to use the platform to talk shit about his competitors.
“Everyone that didn’t place in top 10 can suck my dick. They’re fucking shitters. I don’t know why they talk shit. They’re actually dogshot and braindead,” ZexRow ranted.
The interviewers immediately cut the interview short after ZexRow’s outburst.
Obviously sensing the tension, ZexRow quickly took to Twitter to shoot out an apology of sorts.
“Aww shit. I forgot parents watch. I’m sorry,” ZexRow tweeted.
aww shit forgot parents watch I’m sorry 😭
— ZexRow (@TSM_ZexRow) May 28, 2020
Ninja responded to the tweet almost immediately.
“Congrats on your first and last Ninja Battles placement,” Ninja replied.
It was clear that Ninja was unhappy with ZexRow’s behavior on his tournament and stream. Ninja has previously made clear that he’s changed his own behaviors and language to better accommodate the number of kids who consume his content, and ZexRow’s outburst wasn’t quite in line with that direction.
After being banned from future Ninja Battles, ZexRow decided to issue a second statement on the matter, this time in the form of a TwitLonger.
“I want to directly apologize to Ninja and the tournament organizers for overshadowing what otherwise was a great tournament that was fun to play in with my immature actions,” ZexRow said.
He also apologized to TSM and to his fans for “disappointing” them, explaining that he wasn’t living up to the standards of a professional Fortnite player.
“This is something that I will take some time to reflect on to improve my future behavior,” ZexRow concluded.