The long national nightmare is finally over. YouTuber Jeremy Hambly and male feminist Matt Loter reached an out-of-court settlement. Hambly accused Loter of punching him in the back of the head during the early morning hours outside a bar in Indianapolis.
With Jeremy Hambly in the news because of his assault at the hands of Matt Loter the early morning of August 2, 2018, hours before the start of Gen Con, I thought it would be a good idea to check why Wizards of the Coast (WotC), the maker of Magic The Gathering, banned him for life. I’m glad I did because when WotC banned him on December 7, 2017, I criticized the ban. I’ve since learned I was wrong.
Hambly deserved the ban.
I knew the ban was for harassing and bullying cosplayer Christine Sprankle, but I didn’t know the details. At the time, I thought the claims of harassment and bullying were overblown. I now know they were not. I never saw the video in which Hambly harassed Sprankle because YouTube removed it. He posted the video on 5 June 2017 and entitled it, “Playset Of Beta White Knights Prevent Rape Of MTG Cosplayer @cspranklerun.”
If you think the word “rape” along with a woman’s twitter handle is a bad idea for a video title, you would be right. Even though YouTube removed the video, an archived copy is available, something I didn’t know when this controversy first arose.
The video is a lot worse than what I expected.
What Jeremy Hambly said about Christine Sprankle
In the video, Hambly referred to Sprankle as a “serial virtue signaler” and “crying for patron dollars professional cosplayer.” This was in response to Sprankle complaining publicly on Twitter about a man who posted a message on her Facebook page stating her cosplay gives him an erection. Hambly stated he would react favorably if he received a similar comment from a man.
Hambly then proceeded to run down the list comments made in response to Sprankle’s tweet, calling everyone who supported her a cuck and/or white knight. He called one man a shitty father.
Hambly also accused everyone supporting Sprankle on Twitter of wanting to penetrate her.
Hambly said cosplay is lingerie and then proceeded to go over photos of Sprankle cosplaying and made lewd, sexual comments about each photo. He then told his viewers to go to her Twitter account and let her know how unattractive and unsexual she looks.
Jeremy Hambly is a raging hypocrite
He also seems to have a major issue with Sprankle having a Patreon account so her fans can send her donations. Hambly calls these people “fucking losers.” I find this strange considering he too has a Patreon account so his fans can send him donations. Why does he criticize Sprankle for doing the same thing he does? Because Hambly suffers from weapons-grade hypocrisy.
Sprankle posted the following on Twitter:
It has been a rough year. And I have blocked and not said anything about him because I wanted it to die but without a doubt MtGHeadquarters/UnsleevedMedia has made my life hell this whole year with his unnecessary videos/tweets about me and other members of Magic.
Sprinkle has since deleted all of her tweets.
I am embarrassed I supported Jeremy Hambly
Watching the video Hambly made about Sprankle leaves me feeling embarrassed I originally supported him after Wizards of the Coast (WotC) gave him a lifetime ban. After watching the video removed by YouTube, I think WotC did the right thing. Hambly is a dishonest, toxic person. I say he’s dishonest because he was purposely spreading false information about the ban as soon as it happened.
Hambly said he never harassed Sprankle. That’s not true. WotC said actions taken in his social media accounts were in violation of WotC’s code of conduct. YouTube is part of social media. Hambly claimed in the above video to never agreeing to WotC’s code of conduct. That’s not true. If he had a Magic Online account, something he said he had before the ban, he had to check a box agreeing to adhere to the WotC code of conduct when he first created his account and then again each and every time the game was updated.
Hambly said he never harassed Sprankle, nor did he direct others to harass her. That’s not true. Anyone who watched the original video YouTube removed knows such claims are false.
Hambly harassed Sprankel.
Hambly directed others to harass Sprankel.
Hambly benefited greatly from YouTube removing his original video. Because it’s somewhat difficult for people to find, he’s able to lie and mislead people about the video’s content.
If I was WotC, I wouldn’t want him anywhere near my sanctioned events. I wouldn’t want Hambly to have anything to do with my game made for ages 13 and up.
I’m calling it. As of 9:44 pm eastern daylight time, Jeremy Hambly getting attacked by Matt Loter at Gen Con is now officially a five-alarm dumpster fire.
Little by little, the story of him getting punched to the back of the head because of his “political beliefs” has become more and more absurd. Last night Jeremy released a video that said a whole host of things, some of which contradicted what he said earlier.
The whole thing is a mess. An absurd, hot mess.
Jeremy Hambly should have been prepared to deal with people who hate him
Jeremy is a controversial, YouTube culture warrior. He was banned for life by Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic: The Gathering for what they considered harassment and bullying of people in the community. He’s not allowed to attend sanctioned Magic: The Gathering events or tournaments for the rest of his life. There’s a reason they took this extraordinary step.
Whatever you think about Jeremy, there’s no denying he’s disliked by a good many people. It’s a reaction he spends a lot of time and energy cultivating.
If this happened to me, I would not have called the police
If someone like Matt Loter attacked me and I walked away with little to no physical damage, I wouldn’t have called the police. What’s the point? I generally don’t like the police and I try not to interact with them.
I also wouldn’t broadcast to the world that I allowed some alt-lifestyle freakazoid to approach me from behind and punch my head several times. The last thing I would want is my name in a public record documenting my inept reaction to being assaulted by someone. Consider how often Jeremy refers to men he doesn’t like as cucks, soy boys, and beta males. Now consider how he acted when he met with someone who wanted to do him harm. He ran away. At the very least, I don’t think he should ever call into question another man’s maleness.
Is Jeremy Hambly an alcoholic?
I think Jeremy has a drinking problem. In the military, this incident would be classified as an alcohol-related incident. He would have to be evaluated and depending on the findings, forced to attend an alcohol a rehab program and AA meetings. Even if he didn’t have, according to him, 19 drinks before the assault, the fact it happened outside a bar at 2:00 am would trigger some kind of mandatory treatment. Good thing for Jeremy he’s not in the military. Good thing for the military too. His reaction to someone visiting violence upon him is to run away.
Jeremy Hambly wants to be a victim
Jeremy seems obsessed with making this one drunken incident his defining moment. He seems to want to wallow in victimhood. That’s too bad. Who wants to be known as a human punching bag? Who wants to be a professional victim? Not me, that’s who. I would do everything in my power not to be those things. I get the impression this was the first time he was attacked by someone. I wouldn’t call it a fight because that implies both parties participated. Matt threw ineffective punches and Jeremy fled to the safety inside the bar.
That, of course, is if you believe any of it even took place.
Gen Con is wrapping up today. As of this morning, there’s still no indication the Indianapolis Police Department has arrested Matt Loter, the man Jeremy Hambly identified as his assailant. In fact, there’s been no word that they’ve even questioned him.
That’s not good. If you think Matt Loter should be punished for assaulting Jeremy Hambly, it would be nice if the police did their jobs. If you count on the police protecting you against those who would do you harm, think again. You are totally dependant on whether the police will do their jobs or not. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. It’s a fickle thing.
Would a prosecutor even take the case to trial?
Even if the police arrest Loter and present the case to the prosecutor, it’s doubtful they would elect to prosecute. The reason? Both Hambly and Loter live out-of-state, Wisconsin and Connecticut, respectively. The witnesses most likely live out-of-state too. If Loter is ever going to be convicted in a criminal trial, it will depend heavily on witness testimony. If the prosecutor was going to take the case to trial, he or she has to hope the witnesses will come back to Indianapolis to testify in court as to what they witnessed for what most likely would be a misdemeanor.
And for what exactly? Hambly didn’t seek medical attention after the attack. That would indicate he wasn’t injured in the attack. Hambly said exactly that in YouTube videos that he has since removed from public view. He also didn’t return home to Wisconsin after the attack, nor even try to get a temporary restraining order against Loter. That would indicate the attack and the threat of future attacks by Loter wasn’t a concern of Hambly’s.
What damages did Jeremy Hambly suffer?
Other than a favorite shirt, it’s not clear how Hambly suffered any damages from the attack. In fact, the opposite is true. Hambly received a lot of positive public attention after news of the attack was made public. Subscriptions to his two YouTube channels, TheQuartering, and Unsleeved Media are almost guaranteed to go up now.
Speaking of non-existent damages, Hambly is planning on suing Mr. Loter in civil court. There’s even a GoFundMe campaign raising money for the lawsuit, not by Hambly, by artist Ethan Van Sciver.
How would a lawsuit even work?
I don’t quite understand how a civil lawsuit would work in this case. Again, Jeremy experienced no real damages from the cowardly attack. He didn’t seek medical attention, nor did he feel the need to leave the con and go home. He did get positive exposure from the attack, something quite valuable for a YouTuber with two channels.
Van Sciver has raised over $13,000 in two days for Hambly. When the campaign is over and Van Sciver gives the money to Hambly, he’s under no legal obligation to use the money on a civil trial. Even if he did sue Loter and then won the lawsuit, would a jury or judge award him anything close to $13,000?
I doubt it. He’d have to show his damages. Again, it doesn’t appear he has any. If he had gone to the hospital and then left Gen Con in fear of his safety, he could have shown he had some damages. Even then I don’t think his damages would amount to anything close to $13,000. There wasn’t any pain and suffering because he didn’t seek medical attention. He also didn’t leave the convention. If anything, he was able to capitalize on the attack. Good for him. As Jesus H. Christ famously said, turn lemons into lemonade. Hambly turned the incident into a giant tumbler of delicious lemonade.
The cap on small claims judgments where the attack took place is $8,000. I doubt a small claims judge would award Hambly anything close to that amount considering he can’t prove damages.
The GoFundMe campaign throws up red flags
When I learned there was a crowdfunding drive to seek justice for Jeremy Hamley initiated by Ethan Van Sciver, I began looking at this story with a much more critical eye. The GoFundMe campaign states the following:
The perpetrator has been identified, and will be arrested shortly.
Really? Although the perpetrator has been identified, I don’t know how anyone can say for certain he will be arrested. If he’s not arrested, will the people donating money to Jeremy Hamley then get a refund?
I”m extremely leery of anyone asking for donations, especially when they make claims they have no way of ensuring will come true. Just because you hope the police arrest Jeremy’s attacker, doesn’t mean it will happen. That’s not the way things work.
But then what do I know? I’m not a lawyer. I didn’t go to law school or pass the bar.
If I were in a position to recommend a course of action for Hamley, I’d recommend he try to take the case to Judge Judy. Not only would the show pay for both parties to fly to Los Angeles and stay in a hotel, including any witnesses, it would also pay each litigant as well as any witnesses. Both Hamley and Loter would make compelling TV. Additionally, both parties would benefit professionally from the TV exposure. Hamley with his YouTube channels and Loter with the games he’s designed and the Connecticut game store he and his wife operate.
When in doubt, go to Judge Judy.
Jeremy Hambly, the man behind the YouTube channels TheQuartering and Unsleeved Media was physically assaulted at the Tin Roof, a drinking establishment in Indianapolis. It’s actually part of a chain of bars all over the United States. There’s one in nearby Baltimore.
Jeremy was there to attend Gen Con, an annual event promoted as the best four days in gaming.
Here’s the video Jeremy posted about the assault:
Jeremy Hambly’s attacker has been identified as a man named Matt Loter.
Who is Matt Loter?
Matt Loter co-owns and operates Elm City Games with his wife, Trish Loter. The store is in New Haven, Connecticut. Loter is at Gen Con to promote a table-top came he designed. I would now rather play Russian roulette with the Viet Cong than play this game.
Loter when not designing games no one wants to play, dressing as a fairy princess, or wearing a shirt that encourages people to punch Nazis, works as a justice of the peace in the state of Connecticut. Seriously, a justice of the peace.
This from LinkedIn:
How absurd is it that a man who attacks someone from behind is also a justice of the peace? Jesus Christ famously said, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Those words from our Lord and Savor have never rung truer.
LinkedIn also shows that Loter has a Bachelors in Political Science and Women’s Studies. He also has a Masters in History and Secondary Social Studies Education, whatever that means.
Women’s studies. I’ve always wondered what people with that particular degree do when they grow up. Mystery solved.
Matt Loter planned the assault on June 5. Maybe:
Anita Sarkeesian’s twitter handle is @femfreq. She was probably too busy playing video games, eating Doritos, and chugging Mountain Dew to notice the threat in her Twitter feed. As everyone knows, Anita is a hard-core video gamer. With table-top gaming’s popularity on the rise, I guess Anita will become a table-top gamer too so she can tell everyone who enjoys the hobby how sexist and misogynistic they’re being.
Jeremy made a video about Gen Con inviting Anita Sarkeesian as a guest of honor. It’s something that surprised a good many people, including myself.
Jeremy Hambly did nothing wrong
I find it outrageous Gen Con would know Matt Loter wanted to “fight” anyone who had a problem with Anita Sarkeesian being a Gen Con guest of honor and not doing anything about it. Either that or they don’t monitor their Twitter feed.
What does it mean to be a Gen Con guest of honor? Gen Con is paying the guest to be there. Considering Anita has expressed no interest in table-top gaming, it’s highly doubtful she would attend Gen Con on her own.
Gen Con as of this morning has not commented on the assault on Jeremy Hambly, nor have they banned Matt Loter from attending the con. Considering the safety risk Loter poses not only to Hambly but to everyone else attending the con, Gen Con’s inaction seems both asinine and highly dangerous.
Matt Loter cannot control himself. What’s going to happen when he decides a 14-year-old boy in a wheelchair is a Nazi? I guess he’ll just pound on him too.
This incident really irritates me. What Matt Loter did is indefensible. I’ve come to genuinely appreciate Jeremy Hambly’s content on YouTube. I hope for everyone’s safety, Gen Con will revoke Loter’s 4-day pass and the Indianapolis police will do their duty and arrest him.
I’ve had to shut down comments on this post. It’s something I’ve never had to do in 12 years of blogging. The amount of vitriol I’ve been getting is really inexcusable. My blog’s comment section is not your blog. You want to attack me on a personal level while you hide behind a fake name (unless your parents named you Road Dog or SerHaHa) go do it elsewhere. You can still do it, you just cannot do it here.