TSM punish ZexRow for outburst in Ninja Fortnite tournament - Dexerto

TSM punish ZexRow for outburst in Ninja Fortnite tournament

Published: 30/May/2020 11:27

by Joe Craven


Team SoloMid (TSM) have responded to the controversy surrounding one of their Fortnite pros, Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro, that led to him seemingly being prohibited from playing in Ninja’s future Fortnite events. 

Ninja Battles featuring Fortnite was announced on May 28 with the brand new event spanning six weeks and giving players the chance to win a slice of the $80,000 prize pool each time around. However, despite winning the first week of the tournament, TSM pro ZexRow has seemingly been banned from all future events.

This followed an explicit post-tournament interview, in which, the 19-year-old hit out at his fellow competitors, commenting: “Everyone that didn’t place in top 10 can suck my d***. They’re f***ing s****ers. I don’t know why they talk s***, they’re actually also dogs*** and braindead.”

Following the announcement that he would be prohibited from participating in Ninja’s future tournaments, ZexRow’s organization have now produced a lengthy statement condemning his actions.

“We are extremely disappointed in the comments made by Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro and take this matter very seriously,” the statement reads. “Effective immediately, he has been fined one month’s salary. His behavior was absolutely inappropriate, and does not represent the values of TSM or our brand partners.”

They also confirm that the fine will be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, a charity that works with young people across the United States.

“TSM echoes his apology to fans and the community, and he has expressed his sincere regret to us as well,” the response continued. “We will be providing ZexRow with professional counseling and training, helping him to work on how he conducts himself – both publicly and privately.”

Twitter: Ninja
Ninja Battles will run through until July 2, without any appearances from ZexRow.

ZexRow joined TSM in December of 2018, at the height of Fortnite’s dominance in the world of video games. While he remains a member of the organization, the statement confirmed that another similar incident would result in him being removed from TSM.

“That said, we have informed him that we have a no tolerance policy for this kind of behavior,” the org concluded, “and that we will be forced to part ways if something like this should occur again in the future.”

However, they noted that they “believe in Zex” and “have faith that with serious personal reflection and focus, he can move forward from this.”

Responses to TSM’s statement were largely positive, agreeing that the action taken is reflective of ZexRow’s mistake.

The organization has been clouded in controversy of late, surrounding the relationship between DoubleLift and Leena and a potential conflict of interest. The response to this particular issue, however, has been widely praised.


Did The Rock just tease he’s getting a Fortnite skin?

Published: 27/Nov/2020 18:09

by Tanner Pierce


After an appearance by a very cartoony-looking float during the Macy’s Thanksgivings Day Parade, The Rock hinted that he may end up getting a skin in the popular battle royale game Fortnite, although he’s being a bit vague. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats are known their pop culture references. Between Pikachu, Goku, and others making appearances, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that one based on the popular young Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson meme a few years back would make its way into the 2020 version of the parade.

Seemingly because it’s a float, the giant balloon itself seems to be a cartoon representation of the meme, rather than a hyper-realistic one. After one person seemed to point out that it looks a bit like a Fortnite skin, the former wrestler now actor responded in a way that’s raising a few eyebrows.

In response to the comment about his float looking like a Fortnite character, The Rock simply responded with “way ahead of you” and “great minds”. This obviously caused a few people to pause and ask themselves if he just hinted at a Fortnite skin.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any official comment from Epic but the comment is certainly suspicious. While one could make the argument that The Rock was saying that he also had the same thought before the original tweeter, the wink face emoji seen after the tweet is a bit peculiar. Surely he would know not to put that kind of statement out with that emoji unless he meant to hint at it, right?

It’s also a bit odd that he also responded to someone who tweeted that they “shouldn’t give them any ideas”, meaning he could have been totally knowledgable in what he’s doing.

His inclusion in the game also wouldn’t be surprising. Fortnite is known for its crossovers at this point, even allowing for some Icon Series skins based on celebrities like Ninja and others. It could also be a part of a larger WWE crossover, considering there’s a plethora of characters there to make skins out of.

Still, until nothing official is announced, take this with a massive grain of salt. Here’s hoping that if it is real that it will get announced soon, however.