On Friday, June 26, StreamerBans tweeted that Guy “DrDisrespect” Beahm was banned from Twitch. Shortly after, Rod “Slasher” Breslau reported that the ban was permanent and that it wasn’t DMCA related. It was also revealed that Doc’s partnership with Discord was also terminated. Here are the events that followed the ban:
— StreamerBans (@StreamerBans) June 26, 2020
Doc’s subs get refunded and emotes get removed
Some hours after the ban, all of Doc’s emotes were removed from the site and his subscriptions were refunded. Viewers began reporting that they were receiving emails informing them of a refund.
Twitch have cancelled subscriptions to Dr Disrespect's channel and are sending out refunds. His emotes are also no longer available.
Here's the email sent out to all subs: pic.twitter.com/YPBkzoV7nP
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) June 27, 2020
Doc’s wife issues a statement
Later that night, Dr Disrespect’s wife, “mrsassassin,” released a statement on Instagram.
“The outpouring of love, support, strength and kindness from the arena has truly been overwhelming. You all have made my heart full and I can not thank you enough. No one better out there than the CC. You guys are amazing! Much love to you all.”
all DrDisrespect Twitch subs have been refunded. Discord partnership has been removed
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 27, 2020
Some thought that her use of the word “my” instead of “our” potentially implied that she wasn’t being supportive of Doc. At the same time, others found it odd that her use of Doc’s branding, “CC” (Champion’s Club), and “arena” suggested the opposite. Either way, this didn’t do much to quell speculation.
Doc’s final moments on stream
A clip of Doc’s last minutes on stream added even more fuel to the fire. The clip can be seen below and captures an eerie shift in Doc’s demeanor as he appears to look off-screen, perhaps at his phone or some kind of second screen.
Doc also promotes controversial conspiracy theorist, David Icke. Doc claimed that he “liked” Icke, and found his documentary “enlightening.” Moments later, he revealed that his wife bought his book and that he was looking forward to reading it.
Finally, while staring blankly at a Roblox video, his speech starts to falter as he begins to fumble his words. Clearly distraught, Doc says “we’ll get through this, Champion’s Club,” and “life’s weird right now.” His final spoken word on stream, “fuck,” appeared to be muttered in character, as he then cut to his usual Twitch Prime promo video before finally ending the stream for good.
Slasher reveals the ban wasn’t handled by Trust and Safety
On an episode of the “Scuffed” podcast, Slasher revealed that the ban was “handled outside of Trust and Safety,” which is the division that usually handles bans on the platform. Doc’s ban was administered by Twitch’s legal team.
Slasher and others say they know the reason for the ban
look: for several hours now I have been told from credible sources the reason DrDisrespect has been banned. however due to the importance and sensitivity around the subject I have refrained from going on it. i don't feel comfortable with it currently
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) June 27, 2020
Slasher hinted that he knows the reason for the ban, but won’t report on it because he’s not “comfortable with it currently.” He explained, “for several hours now I have been told from credible sources the reason DrDisrespect has been banned. however due to the importance and sensitivity around the subject I have refrained from going on it.”
Former Twitch Staff member and current streamer, “ShannonZKiller” also claimed to know why the popular streamer was banned. The now-deleted tweet said “Doc is indeed done, and not just on Twitch. I know why and cannot say. But this is serious.” She later explained that she deleted the tweet because of complaints of clout chasing.
While many on social media have come to the conclusion of sexual misconduct, considering the influx of accusations being made over the past week or so, no one has accused Doc of anything yet, and his wife’s statement possibly casts some doubt on that idea.
Some sponsors pull out, but Game Fuel goes back in
LAMO, Razer, and Mountain Dew Game Fuel appeared to have severed ties with the streamer shortly after the news broke. However, after taking down the DrDisrespect banner on their Twitter page, Game Fuel has mysteriously put the banner back up. There were reports that Razer also reinstated their partnership, but the webpage appears to be missing again. Rocccat’s partnership with Doc still appears to be intact.
Doc breaks his silence, issues statement on Twitter
Over 24 hours after the ban, Doc finally broke his silence and sent out a tweet saying that Twitch hadn’t explained why they banned him. “Champions Club, Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision… Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.”
The statement only seemed to encourage even more speculation. Doc could be telling the truth that Twitch hasn’t notified him of the exact reason, but that obviously doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know the reason himself.
Twitch has not notified me on the specific reason behind their decision… Firm handshakes to all for the support during this difficult time.
— Dr Disrespect (@DrDisrespect) June 28, 2020
Doc has a history with controversy on Twitch. The platform issued a two-week ban last year after he streamed himself in an E3 bathroom. In December of 2017, he took a break from streaming after admitting to his viewers that he had been unfaithful to his wife.
The bizarre saga continues to unfold, and it could be far from over.