Robert Daly, head of Zumba Fitness
and Deadliest Warrior: The Game
developer Pipeworks Software, recently resigned from his position following a series of allegations accusing him of misrepresenting himself as a Green Beret in the U.S. Armed Forces, reports Industry Gamers
While working at the Foundation 9-owned Pipeworks, Daly also contributed to Spike TV's television show Deadliest Warrior, where he helped develop software for the show's combat simulations. In the show's promotional materials, he is often referred to as a former Green Beret, and posts written by Daly himself note he served with the "Special Forces."
Earlier this month, however, members of the Professional Soldiers forum
alleged Daly was in fact never a part of the Green Berets, claiming to have proof via documents from the National Personnel Records Center and the United States Army Special Operations Command.
In response, Daly posted the following statement on the forum
: "I am honored to have served with the 12th Special Forces Group as an Intelligence Analyst (96B) from 1991 until 1994. While I wore the green beret as part of my uniform, I utterly regret that I have misrepresented my role by creating the impression that I was a 'Green Beret.' I have nothing but the utmost respect for the Green Berets and my fellow servicemen, and I respectfully apologize to the Special Forces community."
"At this point in time for the best interests of Pipeworks Software and F9E I am voluntarily resigning my position of Studio Head of Pipeworks effective immediately. Furthermore I have no plans on appearing in any more episodes of Deadliest Warrior."