Ryan “Freakazoid” Abadir, a key player of Cloud9’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive team had been forced to apologize, attend an anti-bullying seminar and docked a month’s worth of salary for verbally sparring against S1mple.
Their five-minute exchange had begun with remarks of both player’s performance in-game, which then escalated to Abadir railing at the Team Liquid star player with personal attacks to the likes of “Do you even have real life friends? I bet you don’t”.
Aleksandr “S1mple” Kostylev, who believed he was talking to Jake “Stewie2K” Yip (Abadir was apparently using his computer), countered with insults about Cloud9’s recent less impressive performances.The entire exchange was caught on stream, much to the dismay and anger of spectators and fans alike.
Abadir had since apologized for his behavior, saying in a statement that it was “unacceptable” and that he “expected better from himself” on his team’s official website.
“I have failed my community, teammates, and organization,” he said.
In the statement, Cloud9’s manager, Tres “Stunna” Saranthus, also commented on the incident, saying “friendly trash talk is one thing, but when personal attacks begin, a line has been crossed.”
For his part, Kostylev said he accepted the apology in a statement on Liquid’s website. “I know that I wasn’t right also in the various situations with how I behaved,” he said.