Following Carlo “Kuku” Palad’s racist comment that was made at the end of last month in a pub game, TNC Predator went through turbulent times and faced the Chinese community backlash. The incident itself would perhaps have had less impact on the organization’s public image if more mistakes wouldn’t have followed.
Right after Valve found out about Kuku’s misbehavior, TNC claimed that Kuku did apologize for his words and showed a Weibo post that they made along with a post supposedly made by the player itself on the Chinese social media. Unfortunately, in the said post, Kuku was claiming that he made the mocking remark in response to the nickname of one of the players in the opposite team. It was later on discovered that the player from Kuku’s pub game didn’t have that nickname during the game and that he actually changed it after Kuku made the offensive remark.
Once it was revealed that Kuku’s post was just a dishonest explanation the Chinese community got even more furious. Team Aster’s founder, Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei emailed Valve and made them aware of what’s happening, asking the Dota 2 developer to take action.
“But for KUKU, he used the same racial slur in a pub game. After LGD refused to scrim with them, KUKU posted an apology on Weibo. However, he also made up a story trying to hide his mistake. (KUKU said the Tiny player’s ID is Ching Chong. He is just calling that player’s ID. However, Chinese fans found that Tiny only changed his ID afterwards. Kuku later deleted the made-up story.) Chinese fans feel that Valve needs to express their stance on this event, as TNC didn’t make any statement so far.
I personally hope that this conversation can clarify Valve’s logic and process on such events. I will have a post on social media to eliminate the negative effects among the Chinese community,” BurNIng wrote to Valve just a day before the Kuala Lumpur Major was set to start.
Valve replied saying that they will directly communicate with TNC and a few days later they made an official post on their blog page saying that following:
“ We want to be very clear that Valve will not tolerate racist language between pro players in any form. We think it is really damaging to the entire Dota community whenever even a single professional player uses discriminatory language. It pits fans against each other, belittles and demeans entire groups and makes them feel like they are not as important. Going forward, we expect all teams who participate in our tournaments to hold its players accountable, and be prepared to follow up with strong punishments when players represent Dota and its community poorly.”
Yesterday, the TNC manager Paulo Sy let the community know that he was the one who made the post on Kuku’s Weibo account and, more than that, he also says he directly lied to the PSG.LGD manager when the Chinese team decided not to scrim with TNC anymore.
Extract from Paulo Sy’s confession:
“I’m sure a lot of you are looking for an explanation on why did Kuku try to lie his way out of the incident. It was me. I was the one who posted the screenshot post. I was the one who told the LGD manager that Kuku only said the racism word because there was someone using the name without Kuku’s knowledge. I was the one who lied.
After seeing some posts on Kuku’s weibo, that someone was named (*hing *hong) on his game and tried defending Kuku, I checked the match ID. I did saw on the screenshot that someone was indeed using the name not knowing that it was only changed hours before and had a different name during the game. I saw that opportunity to cover up what Kuku did. As a manager, I always saw my job as someone who should make everything easier for the team. Instead, I made it worst […]
Why did I just confess now? I was a coward. After I failed heavily on that moment, I didn’t want to mess anything up anymore. I just wanted to stay silent. Instead of making my player’s life easier, he suffered more and it’s something I can’t stand to see anymore. Kuku is a good kid. Yes, he is stupid enough to say things he doesn’t fully understand and mean but he didn’t lie to anyone. It was me. I know that the effect of what I did has brought both TNC and Kuku problems they shouldn’t have. There is no excuse for what I did and I will accept the consequences of my actions.”
Neither TNC nor Valve made any further comments on this particular case. However, directly related to racist comments from two weeks ago, compLexity Gaming announced today that they have benched Andrei Gabriel “Skemberlu” Ong. In the official announcement Kyle Bautista, General Manager at CompLexity said that “there’s been some concerns over the recent events that he will not represent the brand in the right way.”
TNC are still playing in the ongoing Kuala Lumpur Major, they have now secured a top-six finish by defeating paiN Gaming, Alliance and Vici Gaming in the lower bracket rounds and are set to have their first match on the Axiata Arena stage tomorrow, November 16, when the Major will open its doors for the live audience.
Perhaps more details on what kind of consequences TNC, their manager or Kuku will suffer in regards to the racist incident will be announced when the Kuala Lumpur Major is over.