Noel Brown banned from 2016 Capcom Pro Tour

by Daniel Rosen Jun 2 2016
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Following being banned from Combo Breaker earlier this week, Noel Brown has been banned from competing in any event on the 2016 Capcom Pro Tour, the company announced Thursday.

On Wednesday, Combo Breaker announced that after investigating, they had found Noel Brown sexually harassed an unnamed woman while on-stream at the tournament. Viewers saw Brown groping an unidentified woman just before the Street Fighter V Loser's Finals match. As a result, tournament organizer Rick "Hadou" Thiher banned Brown from Combo Breaker events until at least 2018.

Capcom stated in their official ruling that their own investigation found that the victim did not consent to Brown's actions and that it was indeed Brown who was caught on camera. Capcom also wrote that this ban will be the new standard penalty for similar incidents, and that Brown will receive a lifetime ban from all future CPT events should he commit another offense.

"We do not condone any acts of harassment and we want all of our players and fans to know we will continue our work to ensure that all Capcom Pro Tour events provide safe, inviting environments where the focus is on healthy competition and exciting rivalries," Capcom stated in the official ruling.

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