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The unrelenting Super Smash Bros. community is, once again, rallying for Nairo to be unbanned from Twitch

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • March 19, 2021 at 3:22 p.m. PDT • Comments: 76

Social media can be a fickle beast as trends and fads can garner massive support overnight and then burn away just as quickly, but the Super Smash Bros. community is proving the wave of support they've been showing former pro player Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada is not fleeting.

Today marks the one month anniversary of Quezada's "ready to return" video after being banned from streaming service as well as the Super Smash Bros. community over. His fans ("Naifus") and some of his fellow pro players are making waves for the second time now on Twitter, appealing to Twitch with "#Justice4Nairo" in a communal effort aimed at allowing the Smasher to return to streaming.

One of the most prominent professionals in the competitive Smash scene, Nairo faced allegations of sexual misconduct in July of last year that quickly led to his being excommunicated from multiple circles.

The situation, which involved an underage member of the Smash community, has been handled behind the scenes on a legal front, and Quezada notes in his video that "everything is fully resolved," as well as the fact that he's now "able to move on with [his] life."

In his message he shares that he and his family had been relying on the income he received from content creation, and that he's hoping to be able to start that back up now that things have been settled.

Two weeks after Nairo's video post, #UnBanNairo began trending on Twitter with more than 200,000 posts in total. Two weeks later in mid March, two organizations in the Smash community lifted their bans on the 24 year old player.

Now, four days later, voices have been lifted yet again as the effort to bring Quezada back to live streaming continues with fervor.

A number of those requesting that Nairo's bans be lifted have been linking to a Google document (titled the "Nairo Situation Doc") containing a compilation of tweets, texts, and other bits of information relevant to the happenings that led to his being officially uninvited to major events and Twitch's streaming platform. Many of those highlighting this document argue that it offers "new evidence" that paints Nairo more as the victim than the villain.

Both the Twitch and Twitch Support Twitter pages have been tagged repeatedly along with today's trending hashtag, but the company has yet to respond to the matter with anything beyond the "no comment" comment they offered eSports journalist Rod "Slasher" Breslau when he reached out to them in late February.

Photo credit: Matt Schucker via Wiki Commons.

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