Twitch start Kai Cenat best known for his online comedy streaming videos of himself playing games like GTA and NBA2K. Cenat, who is the platform’s most-watched streamer earlier this year, has garnered quite a large fan base. Earlier this month, the streamer began orchestrating a string of electronics giveaway for gaming PCs and PlayStation 5s near Union Square. The event itself was later advertised and livestreamed on Twitter, now “X.”
The chaos of the event quickly drew an estimated crowd of over 2,000 people at Union Square, later catching the attention of NYPD. In a post-event press conference, NYPD’s Jeffrey Maddrey said that many civilians were injured with some needing to go to the hospital for burns from fireworks and broken bones. Video footage of the incident saw crowd running through the city, which Cenat was reportedly charged for with “inciting a riot.” Post-riot, Cenat took to Twitch to speak about the crowds.
In his stream, Cenat said, “Ever since I’ve started everything like this it has been my dream to want to give back to the community that made me who I am. After Friday I’ve come to realize the amount of not only power but influence I have on people.” He later added that in the future he will go through the proper channels to ensure all this is handled the “correct” way. He continues in his stream. “We all have to do better, from the citizens of New York to the police, everything’s gotta be treated with equal respect.” He also asked his fan and reporters to leave his him and his family alone and added that he will not be streaming due to his upcoming court appearances, “I’m a firm believer in Jesus Christ and God so I know he’s got my back through this whole thing and I’m praying for anybody that’s been affected by what went on.” Cenat is due in court on August 16 for the incident.
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