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Esports • Feb 03, 2019

Denial Esports co-owner suspended on Twitter after defending use of homophobic slur

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Denial Esports co-owner suspended on Twitter after defending use of homophobic slur

One of the owner's of Denial Esports, Zach Smith, appears to have been suspended from Twitter after a video surfaced of him using a homophobic slur repeatedly.

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Smith, who has helped Denial make a return to esport competition after controversy around previous owners failing to pay players, has now stirred a controversy of his own.

A video emerged on Twitter on February 1, showing Smith ranting to the camera and defending his decision to call someone a "faggot" - claiming that he was not using it in a manner intended to be offensive to homosexuals.

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Rather, he claimed that his use of the word was "the same as being a bitch," before explaining that his son and his sister are gay, and saying "I'm pretty sure I'm gay."

It's not the first time Smith has been in hot water either, he was previously 'banned' from MLG Columbus 2018 after making threats of physical violence online toward another attendee.

Since making a comeback with Denial, the team has acquired rosters in CS:GO and Call of Duty, with the CoD team beginning their CWL Pro League matches in February.

On February 3, Smith's Twitter account was suspended for violating Twitter rules. It's unclear if the suspension was directly related to the video shared on February 1.

Smith's Twitter account, @ZachtehCEO, was suspended on February 3. (screenshot via u/RTRNXDom)

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Denial's Gears of War team are currently competing in the Gears Mexico Open over February 1 - 3, and have advanced to the winners bracket final to play OpTic Gaming.

The CS:GO roster was acquired by Denial from Bravado's Project Destiny, a fan-favorite team who had been struggling with funding.

Smith is also the CEO of esports betting platform MoneyMatches.

*UPDATE* - This article previously stated that Smith is the CEO of Denial. This information was incorrect, Smith is one of the owners.

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