Return of Old-School Melee Player Bronson “DaShizWiz” Layton Sparks Concern and Conversation
The potential return of an old-school Super Smash Bros. Melee player is making waves within the community. Bronson “DaShizWiz” Layton has expressed that he wishes to return to a major tournament after August. Community reaction has been split on account of a criminal record, including Battery and drug charges, that Layton holds. The latest incident involving violent crime was in January of 2016, where he threatened and attacked a gas station employee. He has since been released from custody, and begun streaming himself playing Melee.
Layton has been a contender for one of the best Falco players since the late days of the MLG circuit in 2006. He has challenged top players for years, with his most famous set being against Mew2King at Revival of Melee in 2009. In 2012, his Melee career started to hiccup as a result of some trouble with the law. Domestic violence accusations started to arise, and his standing started to dip within the community.
Immediately after EVO 2013, an incident between Layton and a streamer known as Mimi Legend created concern again. An account given by Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez, later confirmed by Mustafa “Ice” Akcakaya, details the incident where Layton raised his voice and took a threatening stance. Between this incident, and a past of violent crime, members of the community are expressing concern about Layton’s return.
Layton has tried to address concerns about his past by providing documents showing his progress through anger management classes. Other members of the community have shown support in seeing a reformed Layton. He has already appeared at local tournaments, and plans to continue while the community still let's him.
As it stands, there is nothing barring Layton from attending any major tournament. As August comes closer, discussion could shift to specific tournaments, and whether they will implement a ban.