April 14, 2024

A number of organizations have banned preventing recreation competitor Andre “OmGiTzAndre” Howard from competing at their occasions after a fellow group member stated he raped and assaulted her. The lady described the abuse final evening after her boyfriend spoke about it in a podcast on Tuesday.

Up to date: 03/04/24, 1:55 p.m. ET: Howard has since returned and positioned seventh in a March 2024 FGC match in Florida resulting in outcry from followers.

Howard is a daily competitor on the preventing recreation scene, with a number of finals appearances in Final Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. (He’s additionally identified for pleading responsible to bank card fraud and identification theft in 2016.) As Howard got here up on Tuesday evening’s episode of The On Blast Present, a weekly Twitch podcast, fellow participant Joey “Joey D” D’Alessandro dropped a bombshell.

“He’s a rapist,” D’Alessandro claimed within the stream’s chat. “He raped my girlfriend.”

Dialogue on the time was centered on Northeast Championship, an annual match collection in Pennsylvania. One of many present’s hosts, Melanie “MoxXiePeachez” Shaw, described an incident in 2015 throughout which Howard bodily assaulted the lady within the room they shared on the occasion. Shaw added that, after the lady received away from Howard, she discovered a pal who intervened by “knocking Andre the fuck out.”

After the podcast, many community members known as on match organizers to ban him from their occasions. Some, like Kumite in Tennessee head Ian Davis, did so, however most remained silent.

Neighborhood reactions to critical expenses or accusations in opposition to preventing recreation opponents have been inconsistent. Noel Brown was concerned in quite a few altercations earlier than getting banned from occasions after inappropriately touching a girl on digital camera, and at the least one lady locally has spoken out concerning the lack of assist she’s acquired coping with a stalker.

Howard uploaded a video to YouTube (which has since been eliminated) denying claims that he raped the lady. He additionally referred to what occurred at Northeast Championship as an “argument,” saying that the attendee who intervened solely did so as a result of “he thought I used to be coming at him to combat him” and “the liquor took over.”

The lady who says Howard raped her shared extra particulars late Wednesday evening in a now-deleted Fb put up, claiming that Howard compelled himself on her one evening in December 2015, just some days earlier than the match, regardless of her cries and pleas to cease. After the assault at Northeast Championship, she says Howard threatened to cancel her flight residence and go away her stranded, successfully blocking her from involving the right authorities.

“Andre was torn up over this, crying, threatening to harm himself for what he did, and many others.,” she wrote. “I used to be nonetheless petrified of him however I didn’t need something dangerous to occur to him. May I actually name it rape or go to authorities if we each had been drunk and the abuser claims he doesn’t keep in mind doing it? So I made a decision to maintain quiet about all of it and shield myself the very best I might.”

For the reason that Fb put up, a few of the greatest preventing recreation organizations on the planet have banned Howard from their tournaments, together with Combo Breaker, Community Effort Orlando, Remaining Spherical, and Big E Gaming. Compete has reached to the lady and Andre for remark. This put up can be up to date in the event that they reply.

Ian Walker loves preventing video games and writing about them. You could find him on Twitter at @iantothemax.


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