Melee God Hungrybox apologizes for trying to finish Super Smash Bros. tournament despite being potentially seriously ill

Melee God Hungrybox apologizes for trying to finish Super Smash Bros. tournament despite being potentially seriously ill



He did disqualify himself after the first set and left the venue








Juan “Liquid|Hungrybox” Debiedma has released an apology for attempting to play in Double Down 2022‘s top 12 for Super Smash Bros. Melee despite being potentially seriously ill.






While he only played one set before disqualifying himself, the Melee God’s decision to initially try and push through sparked controversey and drew ire from the Smash community.









In a now deleted tweet, Debiedma reportedly woke up this past Sunday morning vomiting blood prior to the start of finals day for the platinum tier qualifying event on the Smash World Tour.


Hbox then visited an urgent care clinic where he was diagnosed with likely either being sick with Covid-19 or a bacterial infection in his throat / uvula, although a rapid test showed that he tested negative for the coronavirus.


“Now I gotta play losers bracket somehow,” wrote Hungrybox at the time, knowing he was potentially seriously ill with something that could be contagious.





The best Jigglypuff in the world would only play a single set that day where he’d eliminate CLG|SFAT, which raised concern from attendees, as he was seen playing on stage without a mask.


Debiedma would shortly thereafter remove his initial posts and state that he was DQ’ing himself for safety and left the venue.






Later in the evening, Hungrybox released an official statement on Twitter where he began by writing, “it goes without saying I did a super-**** up today. And it was incredibly selfish of me.”




While he says he was convinced he didn’t have Covid, Hbox admits going to the venue and trying to play was a “massive mistake” on his part.


It’s unclear at this time why the Double Down organizers allowed him to compete on Sunday as well, considering their official rules state that players should not come to the venue if showing any flu-like symptoms and that everyone was to be required to wear masks for the entirety of the event.


What will become of the aftermath of this series of events remains to be seen, but it seems clear that tournament organizers need to completely enforce their safety rules if they’re going to have them on the books while players / attendees need to remain vigilant of their own health.


You can read Hungrybox’s full apology below.



It goes without saying I did a super-**** up today. And it was incredibly selfish of me.

I shouldn’t think I’m above the rules.

While I was convinced I didn’t have Covid, it was clear I was sick in some capacity. Deciding to play or even go to the venue was a massive mistake.

I’m not half-assing mask protocols any more. Today was a necessary lesson, and I hate that it took me this long to give it the proper attention. I’ll be wearing masks at all future events I go to, no exception.

I’m also encouraging everyone who’s reading this to do the same and follow mask protocols more seriously. Most of you already do, but for those who are haphazard about it like I was — I’m hoping this changes your actions as well.

I hate just saying words and pretending that solves everything. It doesn’t.

So let my next actions speak for themselves.

I’m sorry and I will be better.

Juan


Image via VGBootCamp.










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