Former iBUYPOWER member Braxton "swag" Pierce has apologised to his fans for his involvement in the match-fixing scandal that is rocking the North American CS:GO scene.
Braxton "swag" Pierce is one of seven people that Valve has banned from all future major CS:GO tournaments following their involvement in a betting ring that netted over $10,000 with just one CEVO match.
In a statement issued on Facebook, he confirmed his involvement in fixing the CEVO match in question and admitted it was a very thoughtless thing to do, also considering he has no interest in skins.
Still, he stressed that he was not the benefactor from this scandal to the same extent as some other players and that his involvement was "nowhere near" that of "the person organizing this".
"First and foremost I want to apologize to all the fans and sponsors I let down," he wrote on Facebook.
"I was aware of what was happening and allowed it to happen without saying anything. Stealing from people is wrong, and I got what I deserved.
"I just wanted to reach out to people online and formally apologize because I feel like it is owed. I feel it is important people know that I was not the benefactor from this scandal like some of the other players were.
"I received very few skins in comparison to some of the other players and I honestly don't know why as I could careless about skins.
"If you've seen my inventory I still use half of the default skins. I understand by taking one skin, I am wrong, and should be banned.
"I just wanted the public to know my level of involvement was no where near the person organizing this."
swag reckons that the bans handed today were "necessary" to set a precedent for future players and hopes Valve and other tournament organisers will one day let him compete again.
"This is very unfortunate for me moving forward but the ban was necessary in order to set a precedent for future players to come," he says.
"I hope one day valve may have mercy on me and let me compete again. Until then I am deeply sorry to all my fans and everyone that supported me that I was involved in this, and not just because we got caught."