Empire drop MuTeX for offensive remarks caught on stream

The Dallas Empire released Charles “MuTeX” Saouma on Monday, three days after the substitute player/analyst used offensive language in a discussion with a teammate that was inadvertently streamed on his Twitch channel.

After MuTeX and teammate ChaBouD had lost a Search & Destroy match on Friday, the two were debating who was at fault for the loss. In the exchange with his long-time friend, MuTeX used a few derogatory remarks in reviewing the game stream.

Damage had already been done

He soon realized the exchange was caught on-stream, terminated the broadcast and issued an emotional apology on Twitter. However, the exchange led to significant backlash from the Call of Duty community over the weekend and Empire decided to cut ties with MuTeX on Monday.

“From the moment our organization signs an individual to compete at the highest level of esports, we expect he or she to exhibit a standard of professionalism in-competition, on-stream, and in personal conduct,” the team said in a statement announcing the decision. “We seek to create an environment where people shouldn’t feel lesser of themselves or alienated by the words or actions of any person associated with our team.

“We recognize Mutex has offered an apology to the community and do believe Mutex has a long and promising future in esports and Call of Duty.”

Envy owner and SEO Mike Rufail followed up with a video statement as well.

“Some things got said on his stream, and those things were just too much for us as an organization to deal with,” Rufail said. “The way that we operate as an organization these days, we want to be inclusive to anybody and anyone who wants to cheer for our team and be a fan of our team. And never, never should somebody who cheers for our team feel alienated or feel depressed when they came on to watch some Call of Duty. That should never happen.

“I understand that Charles was talking to his friend. I understand he didn’t mean those things in the context of what those words mean. But at the end of the day, people come on to watch our team play. People come online to watch us stream, watch us on the internet, watch us at events. And, again, never should they feel down and depressed because of something that our organization said or any of our players or staff said.

“We’re better than that. We’re better than that, and we’re not going to accept it. And moving forward, our team is going to be very conscious about what we say, what we do. And that goes for our players, too. This is just one of those examples of a player saying some things that were just truly unprofessional, and we’re better than that and we’re moving on.”

Dallas had completed its roster for the inaugural Call of Duty franchise league season with MuTeX’s signing on Nov. 5. The 25-year-old Canadian has been competing in CoD since 2014, and Dallas has been considered to have one of the strongest rosters assembled for the opening season.

That no longer will include MuTeX, who acknowledged the mistake he made in multiple apologies over the ensuing three days.

In a tweet on Monday reading, “My last response,” MuTeX posted a video apology following since-deleted videos that claimed the Empire lost a valuable asset the team won’t be able to replace in expletive-laced rants.

“I am sorry to Dallas Empire if I offended you guys,” MuTeX said. “What I said was very stupid, and my emotions got the best of me.

“I’m working on my emotions. I’m a very passionate guy, and when bad news hits me like that, it hurts. And sometimes I can’t control my emotions, especially when it comes to something that I absolutely love.

“I’m very, very sorry if I offended you guys. I did not mean that at all. I’m still your biggest fan, I love that team with my entire heart. Trust me, I realize what you guys were doing for me – you were giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. … And I’m sorry I f—– up that opportunity.

“I take full responsibility for what I did. It was my fault, and I lost that opportunity.”

MuTeX also announced that he will be doing a “full weekend charity stream” beginning on Friday and ending Sunday in support of Autism awareness.

Teammate distraught by backlash toward friend

ChaBouD also took to Twitter to share his disappointment with the Empire’s decision.

“Who else is in disbelief?,” he wrote. “Sick world we live in called his best friend 2 ”bad words” off stream. We are the gaming community Charles isnt representing corporate mcdonalds. I could go on twitch rn and here the same exact words. Could name multiple cod pros whove said the same & still have a platform. I know my bro is still going to succeed regardless but im f—— devastated man nobody thought this would happen.”

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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