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The Rock grants terminally ill fan his social media wish

Published: 16/Sep/2019 18:53 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 21:27

by Alan Bernal

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Inspirational gamer Steven ‘SteveInSpawn’ Spohn celebrated his 39th birthday on September 15 with an amazing day capped off by a notable gift from Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Even though Spohn or his mother had been warned “annually that (his) impending doom was just around the corner” since he was two years old, he’s been inspiring others to live life to its fullest.

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Recipient of the 2018 Game Awards’ Global Gaming Citizen award, SteveInSpawn has been a beacon of positivity to his family, friends, fans and Twitch community. While he has long lived with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, it hasn’t stopped him from creating various avenues of hope for people as the COO of the AbleGamers charity.

SteveInSpawn TwitchEven though SteveInSpawn doesn’t usually react to most things, The Rock’s gift made him erupt with elation.

Defying medical professionals all his life, the “aspiring Iron Man” turned 39 years old and put together a giveaway stream with a huge surprise in the opening hour when The Rock followed him on Twitter.

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Opening the day, SteveInSpawn sent out a call to his community to get The Rock’s attention: “Today I turn 39. Not bad for someone with two terminal illnesses. Despite my best efforts, I’m still not on The Rock’s radar.”

Although the request wasn’t readily met, the streamer was shocked during his broadcast when a viewer told Spohn to “look at Twitter.”

“Oh my god,” he said. “Holy shit. What the–. Wow. No way… It worked! Oh my gosh, it worked. Our campaign worked, friends. Holy crap… Yup, that’s how you break a Steve.”

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His efforts to getting The Rock’s attention had recruited the help from prominent figures in the entertainment space like Casey Neistat, Ben ‘ProfessorBroman’ Broman, and more.

SteveInSpawn went through a range of emotions after seeing that The Rock had followed him, saying: “I actually got tears in the corner of my eyes.”

Spohn said that he’s been “no joke, (wanting a follow from The Rock) for a long time,” which made this his best birthday ever. Though it came with some hesitation, as the streamer joked that he would never tweet again in fear of losing the newly earned follower.

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Getting The Rock to follow him sounds like it was a grand personal achievement of his, which Spohn hopes can lead to a future collaboration between the two for his 40th birthday.

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Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.

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Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.

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“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.

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“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”

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Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.

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“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.