He just disappeared. No way he was banned. He was the mods biggest cheerleader.
No, he wasn't banned. From what I recall, he recently transitioned to a new job and is investing in his own site (GameOnDaily) to be it's own thing. I'm guessing he just got tired of the comment-recycling here.
He's one of the few prominent figures who didn't turn every mention of mods into his own little soapbox so...maybe there's some truth to that title.