2GG suspends Nicko from its Smash Ultimate events for 30 days
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2GGaming has suspended Nicko Bonilla from attending any 2GG Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event for 30 days. He will also be banned from the organization’s Wednesday Night Fights events until February.

2GG issued the suspension following Nicko’s “unsportsmanlike conduct” at the Wednesday Night Fights weekly on Dec. 18. The organization tweeted its full statement regarding the suspension on Dec. 19.

Nicko will not only be suspended from the 2GG Wednesday Night Fights tournaments. He will also be unable to attend other 2GG weekly events throughout the upcoming month. These include Mega Smash Mondays and Hollywood Action Tuesdays, which are also weekly tournaments.

Nicko is currently ranked No. 1 on the Southern California Super Smash Bros. Ultimate power rankings. Naturally, he has had great success at California’s local events, as well as larger tournaments outside of the state. However, Nicko has expressed his intent to “lay low” until the end of his suspension.

Nicko comments on his 2GG suspension

Before 2GG posted its statement, Nicko created a TwitLonger explaining the situation. He came into conflict with Shawn “K9sbruce” Bruce after cheering for a friend who ended up beating K9sbruce in bracket. Nicko and K9sbruce were trash talking as they played against each other. The tension culminated with Nicko spitting on K9sbruce’s arm.

After the incident, 2GG staff brought Nicko outside to have him explain what happened. Shortly thereafter, Nicko said he was able to apologize to K9sbruce in person. The staff members disqualified Nicko from the event and issued his month-long suspension. Nicko also revealed that he could not attend Wednesday Night Fights again until February.

“I can only move forward from this and I promise with everything I have that I will be SO much better of a person from this and that something like this will NEVER happen again,” Nicko said at the end of his TwitLonger.

Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.