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Overwatch League pro suspended for homophobic comment against opponent

Overwatch League pro suspended for homophobic comment against opponent

Felix 'xQc' Lengyel, an Overwatch League champion

Overwatch League pro player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel has been suspended following his use of a homophobic remark against an opponent.

What happened?

Lengyel and the Fuel lost 4-0 to Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot and his team, the Houston Outlaws, on Thursday, 18 January.

Wilmot is known for his line ‘rolled and smoked,’ which he used to describe his team’s win over the Dallas Fuel. After saying this line, Lengyel responded saying, ‘You didn’t smoke shit. Shut your fucking mouth. Go back there. Suck a fat cock. I mean, you would like it,’ Kotaku reports.

Wilmot, who is openly gay, brushed off the comment on his stream, saying Lengyel is a ‘homophobic piece of garbage.’

On Friday, 19 January, Lengyel took to Twitter to apologize for the remark.

However, his apology wasn’t enough for the Overwatch League, who formally suspended and fined Lengyel on Saturday, 20 January.

Response by officials

‘As of Friday, January 19, Dallas Fuel player Félix “xQc” Lengyel is suspended for four matches and fined $2,000 for violating the Overwatch League Code of Conduct during his individual stream on Thursday evening,’ a statement released by the Overwatch League and Blizzard Entertainment reads.

‘The Overwatch League takes standards of player behavior seriously, whether during league play or otherwise, and is committed to responding swiftly when violations occur.’

In response, The Dallas Fuel released a statement supporting the League’s decision.

‘We support the Overwatch League’s recent decision to suspend Felix “xQc” Lengyel. In addition to the league’s four-game suspension, we will be suspending xQc for the remainder of Stage 1,’ the Dallas Fuel stated.

‘We believe in working with our players to help them become the best possible competitors, professionals and teammates. That includes work both inside and outside the competition for Felix. During his suspension, we will be offering additional resources, focus coaching, physical training and support to Felix to help him improve as a professional player who is reflective of the principles of the Dallas Fuel organization, his teammates and of the Overwatch League.’

‘No one wants to see Felix succeed more than we do. It is our hope that he can return to the team with the passion, competitiveness and focus that it takes to play in the Overwatch League.’