Professional Smash Bros. player Jamie Livingston is feeling a little burned after his opponent, fellow Smash pros Lyall Bostick, issued an unflattering remark following the two’s match at the recent TourneyMania competition.
During a post-match interview with Twitch streamer Elsie Barker, Bostick said that even though he was the victor, Livingston had put up a surprisingly strong fight. Then, Bostick added, “I’m gonna be honest, though, I did smell something when I got up close to him. That’s how I knew to back off when I needed to!”
Livingston wasn’t amused and voiced his displeasure with Bostick’s smug remark through social media. “Lyall’s comment was not only unsportsmanlike, it was unprofessional,” Livingston wrote in a Twitter post. “Smash Bros. is a game of strategy and skill, and commentsunlike this should have no place in the community. #smashdissrespect.”
It looks like the burn on Bostick was too much, as the Smash pro quickly issued an apologetic post of his own. “I apologize for my recent comment during Elsie Barker’s Twitch stream,” he wrote. “It was a poor decision on my part and it was entirely in bad taste.”
Unfortunately for Livingston, the damage may have been done. The comment has been retweeted more than 2,000 times, and even caught the attention of some major Smash figureheads, such as streamer Tawny Juice. “This kind of behavior is unacceptable,” Juice wrote on her own Twitter. “It undermines the spirit of the game and sets a poor example for those looking to get into the competitive Smash scene.”
This isn’t the first time a Smash pro has been caught up in controversy. Last year, Joe Green found himself in hot water after being caught cheating in a tournament. This time, though, it looks like Bostick isn’t in the clear and Livingston is left with a bad taste in his mouth.