Dalauan “LowTierGod” Sparrow was banned from CEO, and from EVO, after clips surfaced of him using transphobic slurs online. Christina “CeroBlast” Tran, another player within the FGC, was also banned for using racist language on-stream. Both players have been banned from all Capcom events for the duration of 2020, and possibly permanently.
Both players have been called out within the wider FGC following the ban for statements made online. After community outcry, Capcom has issued a ban to both players. The circumstances are pretty bad, and the justification is definitely valid. Over the last few days, Capcom has clearly been trying to decide what to do, as the news of their transgressions has spread through the FGC for nearly a week at this point.
“Capcom has been made aware of a situation where Dalauan “LowTierGod” Sparrow and Christina “CeroBlast” Tran have made offensive statements online,” Capcom said. “This is a clear violation of Capcom’s player code of conduct, so we have concluded that we have no choice but to ban LowTierGod and CeroBlast from all Capcom-owned and/or operated events, including Capcom Pro Tour and Street Fighter League until further notice.”
So let’s talk about what happened here. Let’s start with Dalauan “LowTierGod” Sparrow. LTG as he is better known has been a rather toxic player for some time. He is well-known in the FGC for being the most prone to outbursts and trash talk. An incident that happened in 2017 would most accurately paint a picture of his attitude and view of others.
During an online match of Street Fighter V, LTG was matched with Brolylegs—Brolylegs is a disabled player who has a condition called Arthrogryposis, which causes him to be unable to play normally due to an underdeveloped musculoskeletal structure—LTG proceeded to say some very insulting and ableist things toward the other player. He did get served instant karma though, as he lost the match decisively. So yeah, banning LTG needed to happen sooner.
The messed up part is that it wasn’t even that 2017 outburst that finally caught up to him. He was banned after people pointed out him making homophobic and transphobic comments while streaming. And to be clear, what LTG said is incredibly disgusting and he deserved to be thrown out for it.
CeroBlast was also banned from those events, due to a previous interaction with another player, BigNastyKail, targeting a character in the game. Her ban happened after EVO organizer Mr. Wizard announced they were banned from the major tournament along with LowTierGod. Capcom must have taken notice and dumped them both. Given the nature of their statements and the nature of the issue, it was arguably the right call. The only thing that might undermine the validity of CeroBlast’s ban for some is that they were the target of the slurs from LTG. So it could have been argued, that if CeroBlast had not said something so offensive, that they should not have been banned.
Many would argue that CeroBlast should be banned for what they said, and I agree, it’s just worth noting that LTG is by far the worst of the two. And the really depressing part is that he’s far from the only toxic influence in the FGC.