Fortnite star ZexRow banned from tournaments and fined by Team SoloMid after expletive-laden post-game rant saying losers can ‘suck my d***’
Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro’s expletive-laden outburst after winning week one of Ninja Battles has seen the Fortnite star fined by Team SoloMid and banned from future Ninja Battles tournaments.
ZexRow, 19, shared the $25,000 grand prize for winning the first week of the tournament along with Mack ‘MackWood’ Aesoph and Jonathan ‘Calc’ Weber, though it was his post-game rant which made the real headlines.
Joining Ballatw and MondsterDFace for an interview after claiming first place, ZexRow ranted at his critics and ended with a vulgar outburst which was seen live by more than 15,000 viewers.
“Everyone that didn’t place in top 10 can suck my d***,” began ZexRow. “They’re f***ing s****ers. I don’t know why they talk s***, they’re actually also dogs*** and braindead.”
TSM acted quickly to deal with the matter, confirming in a statement that ZexRow has been fined one month’s salary.
“We are extremely disappointed in the comments made by Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro and take this matter very seriously,” read the statement. “Effective immediately, he has been fined one month’s salary. His behaviour was absolutely inappropriate, and does not represent the values of TSM or our brand partners.”
TSM announced the fine will be donated to charity, while also saying: “TSM echoes his apology to fans and the community, and he has expressed his sincere regret to us as well.
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“We will be providing Zexrow with professional counselling and training, helping him to work on how he conducts himself – both publicly and privately.”
ZexRow’s earlier apology read: “I am actually really sorry about that, it was a really bad lapse in judgement and I didnt [sic] think in the moment and forgot that there was kids watching, and even so it was too far. Thank you to @Ninja for hosting the tournament and im [sic] sorry I ended it on that sour note.”
I am actually really sorry about that, it was a really bad lapse in judgement and I didnt think in the moment and forgot that there was kids watching, and even so it was too far. Thank you to @Ninja for hosting the tournament and im sorry I ended it on that sour note
— ZexRow (@TSM_ZexRow) May 28, 2020
He also posted on social media claiming he will ask to leave TSM following widespread calls for the US organisation to drop him.
Ninja, the popular streamer who is running the tournament, then went on to seemingly ban ZexRow from future Ninja Battles competitions by writing on Twitter: “Congrats on your first and last Ninja battles placement!”