Skemberlu And Kuku Might Be Banned From The Chongqing Major

Even after their respective apologies, penalties, and an official statement from Valve, the organizers of The Chongqing Major, the second Major tournament of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, reportedly want more punishments for Carlo ”Kuku” Palad and Andrei ”Skem” Ong, two Filipino Dota 2 players that recently made racist slurs. In a tweet published earlier today, BeyondTheSummit founder David ”Godz” Parker shed light on a circulating rumor regarding the organizers and government bodies working behind The Chongqing Major and their alleged plan to ban Kuku and Skem from participating the China-based tournament. North American Dota 2 player Jacky ”EternaLEnVy” Mao and Skem’s recent teammate on compLexity Gaming also chimed in.

In a tweet, EternaLEnVy affirmed that the players in question are most likely going to get banned, even though he personally thought that both of them do not deserve such punishment if what they said doesn’t mean to harm anybody. Earlier this season, Skem and Kuku drew flak from the Dota 2 community over the use of the term “ching chong” in in-game chat. Skem made his comment in an official match against China-based Dota 2 squad Royal Never Give Up at DreamLeague Season 10, the first Minor tournament of the season. He was quick to issue an apology, but was later let go from compLexity Gaming’s Dota 2 roster. Meanwhile, Kuku made a similar “chingchong” comment in a public match. Just like Skem, Kuku quickly published an apology. However, the community later found out that he tried to lie his way out by saying that he was addressing a player who has “Ching Chong” for an in-game name (the alleged player changed his IGN to “Ching Chong” after the game with Kuku). The TNC management later issued an official statement regarding the incident in Weibo, a Chinese social media platform.

Paulo Sy, TNC’s manager, also confessed that he was responsible for Kuku’s erroneous statement. “Ching chong” is considered as a derogatory term aimed to mock or play on the Chinese language, people of Chinese ancestry, or other East Asians perceived to be Chinese. In traditional sports, punishments for racial slurs vary. NBA star Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors was once slapped with a $10,000 fine after the association found his racist remarks “inappropriate”. On the other hand, former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was forced to sell his team after being sanctioned with a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime ban by NBA commissioner Adam Silver over his maliciously racist statements. Another case of racism saw Carlo Tavecchio, Italy’s Football Association, being barred from holding any position with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for six months over an alleged racist remark. Aside from their blog post and effort to reach out to the Chinese Dota 2 community through iconic Dota 2 star Xu "BurNIng" Zhilei, Valve has yet to issue an official sanction to Skem and Kuku. The community also awaits on how Dota 2’s developer will step in if the organizers of The Chongqing Major are really trying to ban the Filipino Dota 2 players from participating in the prestigious competition. Following the development of Skem and Kuku’s racism cases, any racially-charged comments such as “ching chong” made by the Filipino Dota 2 community only makes matters worse for the players in question. We at urge our readers to refrain from making such comments, even in jest, as these incidents get in the way of an understanding being reached by the parties involved.

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