Professional Super Smash Bros. player Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce announced his retirement on July 3 after confirming accusations he had a relationship with fellow player Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth when he was 16-years-old.
In his statement, Ally claimed he, "didn't do [CaptainZack] any wrongs, but it was a stupid mistake regardless and I'm really sorry for not saying it until now. I was really scared."
The former Cloud9 player was accused of dating CaptainZack when another professional player, Tamim “tamim” Omary, tweeted “Hey @AllyUltimate how's the minor you're dating doing?” This tweet has since been deleted.
This continued after Tamim made another Twitter account. He posted a screenshot of discord messages which confirmed that the “minor” in question was CaptainZack. In the screenshot, Ally stated that, “Zack liked me, I end up caring for him and liking him back.” In addition, CaptainZack posted an image of him holding up a note that said, "Tamim was telling the truth," to his Twitter.
This admission raised questions as to the legality of their relationship. The age of consent in Canada, Ally’s home country, is 16, after the Tackling Violent Crime Act raised the age from 14 to 16 in 2008. In CapainZack’s home state of Louisiana, the age of consent is also 16. However, CaptainZack confirmed there was no sexual contact between the two.
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Finally, Tamim uploaded an apology for the actions that led to the revelation of their relationship.
“I’m embarrassed and ashamed of my actions and how I handled the situation before," Tamim wrote. "Even though I’m told that I’m still young and I’m allowed to make mistakes, there’s absolutely no excuse for what I did, I was childish and immature.”
Fans have been quick to give their thoughts on the subject. Some spoke in defense of Ally and stated what he did was not illegal. However, critics have claimed that this does not excuse the nature of the relationship, considering the huge age gap and Ally's status in the Smash community.
Most recently, Smash professional Michael “MikeHaze” Pulido shared his disappointment at the lengths some people went to defend Ally.
Ally recently finished first at Pound 2019 and came in third at CEO 2019.