FaZe Clan boots Fortnite pro Cented for using racial slur online

The Fortnite star says the word shouldn't be part of his vocabulary and that, over time, his ego got the better of him during his career

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Evan ‘Cented ‘Barron has been making a name for himself on the Fortnite world stage for a little while now, recording six FNCS finals in a short space of time. However, the 19-year-old has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week and has since “mutually parted ways” with FaZe Clan after he was caught using a racial slur in a livestream.

Cented, who’s been warned by Epic Games for toxicity in the past, came under fire when he joined a fellow player’s Discord, unaware that he was streaming, and greeted him with a racial slur. The clip of that moment, which allegedly took place six months ago, has since gone viral and FaZe Clan has taken action.

“FaZe is constantly evolving and we expect our members to do the same,” a statement from FaZe Clan reads. “Cented is permanently removed from FaZe due to his use of hate speech. We, and the gaming community at large, can’t tolerate discriminatory language any longer.”

Cented has confirmed his departure from the organisation, and in typical esports fashion, released a Twitlonger apology that he says comes from “me and only me.”

“I am sorry,” he says. “Not sorry I was exposed, but sorry because I should have known better. I can’t hide behind my age or cluelessness for leaving a word like that in my vocabulary. It shouldn’t be in my vocabulary at all. As an adult, I should know better. I had all the information in front of me for knowing better and still chose to act wrongly. For that, I am sorry.”

He then goes on to say that he believes he let his ego get the better of him and that he lost himself at the height of his success, something many will agree with.

The Canadian doesn’t suggest what his next move is, but if he wants to compete in the future, he’ll need to prove to himself – and the competitive community – that he’s changed for the better.