Navy Kicks Sailor Off Esports Team After Racist Usernames Appear in Game Stream – Military.com

Navy Kicks Sailor Off Esports Team After Racist Usernames Appear in Game Stream - Military.com

The Navy esports team is once again on pause, just weeks after resuming operations following a separate controversy.

A sailor has been kicked off Goats and Glory, the Navy’s official esports team that streams on the video platform Twitch. Personnel Specialist Second Class Brandon Chandler on Saturday streamed himself playing the space-themed video game “Among Us” with three other people.

All three, whom Chandler reportedly referred to as his good friends and officials said had no Navy affiliation, were using racist usernames. Two of them –“Japan 1945” and “Nagasaki” — referenced the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings that killed tens of thousands. The third, “Gamer Word,” is a known reference to the N-word in the gamer community.

“We do not condone those usernames and Navy Goats and Glory’s immediate response was not quick or correct,” Cmdr. Lara Bollinger, a Navy Recruiting Command spokeswoman, said. “Our streamer should have immediately left the game and refused to play with users who were unapologetically inappropriate.”

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The incident led the Navy to pause official streaming on Twitch for the second time in less than two months. Chandler, who did not return a request for comment, was also kicked off the Navy esports team.

“The streamer’s reaction to the situation was unbecoming of a member of our team and he will no longer be
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