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Hyuga retires from competitive Smash in wake of groping accusations

by theScore Staff Jul 20 2016
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Cristian "Hyuga" Medina has retired from the pro scene after being dropped by his sponsors and getting blacklisted by the Super Smash Bros for Wii U community, upon allegations that he groped Smash 4 caster Victoria "VikkiKitty" Perez at EVO 2016.

"I do not ever want to come to USA to play, I do not care, nor do I want to play in Mexico, from my perspective, for me, is a very toxic environment and I RETIRE FROM COMPETITIVE SMASH, right now, I just want to concentrate on my life and in my career," Hyuga wrote in a Twitlonger.

"I apologize again to Vicky and DJ Jack, if what they say is true. All the best to you both, and generally both communities Smash, Mexico / USA want to thank you for the good times that made me live. And a general apology to all my friends / fans for my actions."

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The saga began on the final day of EVO 2016 when VikkiKitty accused Hyuga in a Twitlonger of groping her in the middle of the previous night after she and her friends let him share a room with them. In another Twitlonger, she said she filed a report with hotel security but did not want to take things further.

“I do not want this situation to dwell above my head for a long period of time,” she wrote. “If I go through with further legal action, I will never be allowed to go to another out of state tournament, again. Coming from a Hispanic family, they will never let me travel out of fear for my safety and I do not want to bring them any worry.”

VGBootCamp, who had signed Hyuga just days before, promptly ended their sponsorship, saying in a Twitlonger, "We want to set a precedent for all teams and sponsored players in the smash community to say that these actions will not be glossed over and ignored."

Earlier this week, an informal discussion group of international Smash 4 tournament organizers calling themselves the The Global Smash 4 Leadership Group announced that they were banning Hyuga from their events for a period of one year.

"The Global Smash 4 Leadership Group condemns all acts of sexual harassment, and alcohol being involved does not excuse or mitigate it in any way," Bassem "Bear" Dahdouh, one of the group's leaders, wrote in a Facebook post. "We all want a to provide a safe, fun, and inviting environments around major tournaments where the we focus on healthy competition and exciting rivalries in Smash Bros."

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In his retirement announcement and in a previous Twitter post, Hyuga said he could not remember what happened after a night of carousing led to him blacking out.

Hyuga wrote that after the post-EVO pool party he went a hotel with VikkiKitty and her boyfriend Daniel "DJ Jack" Marquez, along with several players from South California, where he continued to drink.

"I remember also [having] played a bit," Hyuga wrote. "After that, DJ Jack, Vicky and I, we went out to buy another bottle to keep drinking, we returned to the room with SoCal [players] and we continue playing / drinking, and from that point I can’t remember anything."

While Hyuga says he accepts The Global Smash 4 Leadership Group's decision to ban him from their events, he maintains that he is not "accepting the facts" and that he cannot remember what happened.

He added that there is nothing preventing him from travelling to the U.S., besides the ban which prevents him from playing in tournaments.

"The TO's from around the world, decided the ban, I accept it, I'm not accepting the 'facts', I never said that, what I said is that I accept the punishment," Hyuga wrote.

"Because I'm accepting guilt, guilt because I was very drunk with people that I did not know and in another country, that was my responsibility, and that is why, I accept the consequences."

In a followup Twitlonger posted Thursday, Hyuga said he has since spoken with VikkiKitty and feels the dispute has been resolved.

"I am going to work so hard to fix my alcohol problem so this will never happen again," he wrote. "I hope this will serve a lesson to other's. The people need to relax about all of this. Hate only tears people apart. Vicky believes I am going to be able to get better in all of this. I accept all my consequences and punishment."

In the followup, Hyuga said he will consider returning to competitive Smash 4 once his ban is up.

Last updated July 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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