A professional Super Smash Bros. player lost his endorsement after being accused of groping a woman. Mexican player Cristian “Hyuga” Medina was accused of molesting streamer/caster “VikkiKitty” in her hotel room during the EVO 2016 event in Las Vegas. VikkiKitty stated that she and her boyfriend allowed a drunken Medina to stay in their hotel room – along with others – to keep him safe.
The assault occurred in the middle of the night. VikkiKitty explained, “I fell asleep next my boyfriend on the bed and I woke up to Cristian in between my boyfriend and I, rubbing against me and sliding his hands up my shirt and another down my pants.”
She continued on to state that she knew enough Spanish to tell him to stop, and shouted loudly enough that others in her room awoke and intervened. Fifteen minutes later, however, Medina apparently resumed the action.
“Fifteen minutes pass and I have still not fallen back asleep before Hyuga slides between the person I was on the bed with and tries to do it once again before Nick Riddle woke up and kicked him out of the room,” VickiKitty continued.
VikkiKitty came forward about the assault to help others who might experience similar treatment.
“I do not want this situation to dwell above my head for a long period of time. I made a tweet about the situation to spread AWARENESS. I do not want this to happen to ANYONE ELSE,” she said. “The judgement of the community will take it’s turn with this situation and hopefully bring more awareness to tournament safety.”
Broadcaster VGBootCamp got word of the incident and immediately pulled their sponsorship1. They acknowledged his inebriated state, but stated that such behavior is unacceptable, regardless of circumstances.
“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. To be absolutely clear, as of right now, we have dropped Hyuga from our team completely,” stated VGBootCamp via a statement on Twitter.
Medina is a top ranked player in Super Smash Bros. Check out some gameplay here:
Since the allegations and the removal of his sponsorship, Medina has since deleted his Twitter account.