Fighting game player Noel Brown has been banned from all Combo Breaker events for two years following his alleged groping of a woman while on-stream, the tournament's organizers announced Wednesday.
Shortly after Combo Breaker ended on May 29, a user of gaming forum NeoGaf posted a gif of a man identified as Noel Brown groping a woman at the tournament's closing ceremony. Tournament organizer Rick "Hadou" Thiher responded in a tweet about the incident, and Combo Breaker said that it would investigate the issue.
In Combo Breaker's statement, they wrote that Brown has been banned from Combo Breaker 2017, and potential 2018 events. Combo Breaker wrote that they will re-evaluate his ban in 2018.
This is not the first time Noel Brown has been accused of disrupting fighting game events with aggressive or lewd behaviour. In 2013 he was arrested for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend at CEO, and in 2011 he was taped having a physical altercation with Eric "Smooth Viper" Arroyo at a local tournament.
Capcom recently added bans on violence and "other forms of thuggery" to their official Capcom Pro Tour rule book, though the rules have since been taken off their website due to fan outcry. Capcom has yet to respond to this incident.
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