Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Owen “smooya” Butterfield took to Twitter to apologize for his past behavior.
“Made too many mistakes in my career outside of the game which has heavily messed with my career in the game,” smooya tweeted.
He then apologized to those who “wanted the best” for him.
Made too many mistakes in my career outside of the game which have heavily messed with my career in the game. My apologies to those who have wanted the best for me as well as those who currently want the best for me.
— Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) November 11, 2020
smooya is currently unsigned after having previously joined c0ntact Gaming on a trial basis. He’s been playing CSGO professionally since 2016, including a stint with Chaos Esports Club. His goal is to become a main AWPer for a top professional team, but smooya hasn’t been playing for a team since mid-October.
He may be starting to feel the effects of his poor behavior.
My main goal going foward is being the main AWP. I feel like my time within @ChaosEC I finally became my own player and want to continue on that path????
Interested in all MDL+ offers right now. If interested please DM myself or @Jerome_Coupez. Thank you again????♥️
— Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) October 15, 2020
CSGO fans aren’t too convinced that smooya’s apology is genuine, noting that he’s sent out similar tweets in the past. smooya has been banned on Twitch for using offensive homophobic, racist, and sexist language.
The FACEIT Pro League also banned smooya in February of 2019 for toxic behavior towards another player, Ismail “refrezh” Ali. smooya had called refrezh a “fucking bitch” and even told him to “kill himself” for allegedly not trying hard enough in a match that led to overtime.
smooya tweeted that he “didn’t agree” with what he had said about refrezh and was taking a week to relax.
“I don’t think it’s right in any way. This isn’t a reflection on my team. It’s on me,” smooya said.
BREAKING NEWS: PLAYER BANNED FROM FPL
I’ve been suspended for the foreseeable future for my comments towards @refrezhCS. I don’t agree with what I said nor do I think it’s right in anyway. I will take the week to relax! This isn’t any way reflective on @BIGCLANgg, it’s on me.
— Owen Butterfield (@smooyacs) February 6, 2019
But his apology’s authenticity was already being questioned last year. Before that incident, smooya was called “disrespectful” by former mousesports captain Chris “chrisJ” de Jong for his toxic in-game antics while he was a part of the team.