D1 or xD1x is a former commentator from Brooklyn, New York currently residing in Santa Monica, California. He was one of competitive Smash's most well known commentators, particularly for Super Smash Bros. Melee; his former static commentating partner was Prog. Though not a particularly successful player, he notably upset PC Chris in pools at Apex 2010 and made his only bracket appearance at a super-major.
Both D1 and Prog were selected to commentate in the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, an event hosted by Nintendo at E3 2014, along with Scar. Their participation was revealed in the form of SSB4 newcomer-style images. While assisting with Smash Bros. related community duties, he and The Crimson Blur were hired in February 2015 at Twitch as Strategic Partnerships Program Managers to further grow the community with the company's resources.
Sexual misconduct allegations and ban
On July 2nd, 2020, amidst a wave of sexual harassment allegations in the community, a girl named Kaitlyn, going by the Twitter handle KTDominate, posted in a Twitlonger that D1 had raped her while she was drunk during Smash the Record 2016 and told all of his friends about the experience . Hours later, D1 would release a response apologizing to KTDominate but stating that both of them were drunk and that he had no recollection of the events while denying that he had told anyone about the experience . However, MVD, who helped mediate the situation, posted a screenshot of a DM between him and D1 showing that D1 had knowledge of what had taken place. ESAM, who was also involved in mediation, later shared his account of the situation, which conflicted with D1's story. . Another story from former player Daycia described D1 as overly touchy and flirtatious, as well as hostile after she ignored his advances. Following this, the 2GGaming panel banned D1 from all of their future events, alongside several others accused of sexual misconduct during this time.
Over a year later, on July 15th, 2021, D1 released a statement via Medium, as well as a video version on YouTube, to address the allegations against him, aiming to provide full context for each situation with evidence and chatlogs; it also contained an open letter to KTDominate, with him saying that he understood her frustrations with him for not stepping up for her amidst her ridicule from the community even if it involved spreading false information about him. The statement opens with him saying that, though he found the claims against him to be false, he admitted that his behavior was poor and neglectful, particularly for enabling underaged drinking. D1 cited testimony from a security guard and the desk clerk working at their hotel at the time that KTDominate left on her own accord and declared that she could make her own decisions, though neither of them had knowledge of what occurred in their hotel room; he reiterated that he woke up not recalling what occurred and called up the cleanup crew to take care of his room, while he did not return to the venue until the evening. During this, his room, which was on the ground floor, was open as several players and the hotel staff traversing the floor would have seen it wide open. D1 concluded that these circumstances led to rumors being spread until they evolved into allegations of misconduct. D1 further explained that, since he still did not know KTDominate that well, he chose to discuss the matter with MVD, whom accompanied her to the party. MVD assured D1 that he was not spreading rumors but were discussing the matter with ESAM, while ESAM would later explain to him that MVD was still upset with how D1 handled the situation. Fearing the consequences of further miscommunication, D1 chose to apologize directly to Kaitlyn, but only later reasoned that she found his apology insufficient because he was apologizing for potentially sleeping with her instead of failing to quell the rumors about their encounter.
D1 then addressed Daycia's story, as well as that of an anonymous woman. He denied forcing Daycia into anything, and posted chatlogs between them as evidence of her making advances on him; he also noted that Daycia claimed to not be interested in a relationship, and in her chats with him she openly proposed the idea to him. He also stated that the fight they had at Paragon Los Angeles was because of her insistence to share a room with him, with him saying he was against the idea, but regardless reached out to her immediately to clear the air and help her with any content creation troubles she was having. In regards to the anonymous account, D1 posted chatlogs showing he was against sharing drinks once he was aware of her age, denying that he mistreated her, but admitted that he should have retracted the invitation completely instead. He concluded the statement admitting his irresponsibility and hoped to come back stronger and more mature.
The day after this statement was posted, a woman going by the Twitter handle Seshy posted a Twitlonger going into detail about her dealings with D1; according to her, she felt it was unnecessary to post her story during the initial wave of allegations and only did so as a response to the possibility of D1 returning to the scene. In her story, as she accompanied him on his Lyft ride while he was drunk, he repeatedly tried to make out with her, even after she told him she already had a partner. Seshy and D1 would eventually argue over the events of that night, before D1 admitted his wrongdoings and apologized, which she accepted. Although their friendship remained somewhat tense in the years afterward, it never escalated until the fallout in 2020, during which she was upset to learn of the other stories about D1, while also expressing disappointment that D1 never reached out to her during the time period.
Although D1 has yet to publicly address Seshy's claims, he posted another update video on September 17th, 2021, reiterating his remorse over how he handled each situation, while extending an invitation for others to have one-on-one conversations with him about any grievances people might have with him.