Call of Duty Player ZooMaa Announces He's Stepping Down Because of Injury

Call of Duty World League Finals 2019
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Call of Duty professional player Tommy "ZooMaa" Paparatto announced he was stepping down from the New York Subliners starting roster amid a hand injury.

"Not sure if many of you remember, but a few years back while on FaZe, I struggled with weakness in my thumb/wrist and needed surgery," ZooMaa wrote in a Twitlonger. "Going through that process of getting healthy again was one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally, which led to a lot of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against of the most players in the world."

Call of Duty Player ZooMaa Announces He's Stepping Down Because of Injury

The news shook the community has ZooMaa has been a household name since Advanced Warfare. The pro first saw success in Call of Duty: Ghosts, but sustained championship wins wouldn't come until his time on FaZe Clan alongside current NYSL teammate James "Clayster" Eubanks.

ZooMaa's most notable championship wins include the New York Homestand from last year's Call of Duty League season, the CWL Pro League 2018 Stage 1 Playoffs, MLG Pro League 2015 Season 3 Playoffs and the Gfinity Summer Championship.

New York Subliners' roster currently fields Clayster, Makenzie "Mack" Kelley and Paco "HyDra" Rusiewiez. It's unknown if NYSL plans to elevate a member of its academy roster or sign an outside free agent to round out the team.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season kicks off Jan. 23.