Famous YouTuber and Ex Valorant Streamer Darren Watkins Jr, aka IShowSpeed, is banned from Sky Sports channel and will no longer be contributing to the channel in any way, as reported by The Athletic. Sky Sports have swept every clip and videos featuring IShowSpeed from all over their social media.
The potential reason for the termination of this partnership is reported to be the previous derogatory and misogynistic comments by IShowSpeed during a Valorant stream, where he was verbally abusing his female teammate live.
This is a huge yikes and we do NOT want players like this in our community at all. I went ahead and perma banned this player from VALORANT, as well as all other Riot Games. Thanks for raising this. Please keep raising stuff like this and reporting so we can make VAL safer. 🔨🔥
— 🌱 Sara Dadafshar (@npcSara) April 7, 2022
The event was widely reported, which resulted in a permanent ban for IShowSpeed from Valorant and all other Riot Games. It should be noted that the streamer is also banned from Twitch for similar reasons. In addition, most of his videos on YouTube were also removed for violating community guidelines of YouTube.
The recent ban from Sky Sports broadcasts is reported to be a result of his previous behavior as these videos, which show Speed passing derogatory comments, have reached the executives of Sky Sports. This termination of collaboration has not been officially announced yet.
For a bit of background, Speed was helping Sky Sports in the broadcasts of the ongoing English Premier League; he was adding hype and humor to the Sports channel to please the new audience familiar with his content. One of his videos rehearsing the announcement of teams and players is still on his YouTube channel, where he can be seen alongside veteran sports anchor Geoff Shreeves.
IShowSpeed has millions of followers and viewers across all social media platforms. And he has always been like that, a bit too expressive and outspoken, and that is why fans love him for his honest reactions. He has recently gained massive popularity for performing various live stunts that attracted millions of viewers as no streamer was crossing the boundaries like Speed was, which has caused him multiple bans in the past like this one.
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