Ex-Dallas Empire star ‘Huke’ says rumors about him ‘not true,’ opens up about Adderall usage and benching – The Dallas Morning News

Ex-Dallas Empire star Cuyler “Huke” Garland gave insights Wednesday into his Dallas Empire benching and subsequent trade to the Los Angeles Thieves in a 32-minute video, drawing support from former professional Call of Duty players.

Garland, who helped the Empire win a world title in 2020, also opened up with his struggles with Adderall usage in a YouTube video that, as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, had nearly 25,000 views and inspired other CoD pros to speak openly about Adderall abuse.

Garland was benched on April 22 following the Empire’s 3-1 win over the Paris Legion, and Garland said he found out about the roster move in a phone call with little explanation from his teammates.

“Not a single word from my teammates or anything I was doing wrong,” Garland said in the video.

The Empire declined to comment Wednesday, through a team spokesperson. Huke did not immediately respond to messages Wednesday from The Dallas Morning News. Shortly after Huke’s benching, Empire coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier explained the move.

“We just literally won champs eight months ago. Cuyler is our brother and our teammate,” Lussier said in April. “It’s never a thing you want to do, there just comes a point where sometimes you need to mix things up to do the best for the team. That’s what this was. We sat down as a team and talked about it and felt it was the best route to take for the short and the long run.”

The SMG player, who is back in the Los Angeles Thieves’ starting lineup as of Wednesday afternoon, discussed how his mental health was declining even while winning champs with the Empire. That was due to playing all league matches on Adderall, until a match with the Seattle Surge.

I know we have shifted this roster around quite a bit this year with a variety of talented Call of Duty players but with LAN events back on the horizon, we decided to field a lineup with star studded veteran talent with proven results. Looking forward to the rest of the season. https://t.co/aEOHpwqdwT

— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) June 9, 2021

“It’s not really a secret, but basically I won champs and didn’t really feel good on the inside,” Garland said. “Of course I was very grateful for winning. It showed that we worked hard.”

He revealed that he began using Adderall as a teenager, and that it’s common in the CDL for young players to feel pressure to use it too if they aren’t performing.

“I was playing out of anger, rather than joy,” he said.

Adderall is widely prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but is often used in an attempt to enhance concentration by those who aren’t prescribed it.

“Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it,” former Call of Duty World Champion, Adam “KiLLa” Sloss told The Washington Post in a 2020 story about Adderall abuse in esports.

Garland was careful not to name anyone on either the Empire, Thieves or other CDL squads, but brought up that he heard rumors being spread about him that he claimed weren’t true.

That was particularly frustrating, according to Garland, because he felt he was out of the loop with what his Empire teammates were thinking. Garland lost confidence in himself because he felt shut down in talking about the game.

The craziest part of the video to me is obviously not the addy thing. That’s beyond old news. How can you think your friend and teammate is walking around doing psychedelics and not say anything to them or help them and just start rumors behind their backs and just drop them

— Jonathan Tucker (@PacmanJT) June 9, 2021

And after quitting Adderall, he added that he transitioned to a healthier lifestyle, with cold showers, meditation and healthy eating. Garland said he moved on, and was looking for a fresh start with Los Angeles. His new team also benched him before the start of Stage 4, and Garland was hearing rumors about him from a pro player in the scene.

“There’s this narrative on your name that’s been happening,” Garland said he was told. “One of your old teammates, and even one of your new teammates bought in the story that you are on psychedelics and you need help.

“They are at parties calling me ‘crazy Cuyler.’ For that to be a thing, and for pros to actually believe that, I just want to shed light on that. That’s not true. At all. I’m ok. I’m more than ok. I’m ready to play, actually.”

Garland refuted that claim in the video, and was upset that it came from people that hadn’t spoken to him first.

“No one said a word to me, and all it was was that I was making positive changes in my life,” Garland said. “I don’t do any of that. I don’t smoke, I don’t do any of that. I eat some fruits, drink some water.”

Garland sounded off on the professional CoD community for the usage of Adderall and how they treat each other. He wanted it to be known that players can play at their peak without drug usage.

“I’m sorry if I’m calling everyone out, but we got to do better as people,” Garland said. “I understand we are competitive, but why do we have to slander each other for no reason? Why? It’s not high school.”

Community response

Former Empire teammate Thomas “Tommey” Trewren, now a Warzone streamer for 100 Thieves, supported Garland in speaking out.

Glad he’s spoken out about his personal experiences and what’s he’s done to better himself and get him back being happy. Hopefully it’s an eye opener for the community to do the same. So much respect for @Huke for doing it. Hope everything works out for you.

— Tommey (@Tommey) June 9, 2021

Other CDL players and former pros talked about Adderall usage in the esport, and what can change. Doug “Censor” Martin posted his own short video.

As a community can we actually check on one another and make sure people are ok? 2021 and somehow the toxicity is just now getting light shown onto it from an internal level. Let’s all be better and let each other be happy

— Surge Joey (@JoeyNubzy) June 9, 2021

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