David “dpei” Pei, head mentor for the LA Gladiators Overwatch League staff, bumped into two Houston Outlaws gamers backstage past night time and issued a true head-scratcher of an apology for it:
“Yesterday in the course of the Outlaws match, I inadvertently bumped into two of the Outlaws gamers. I hadn’t been watching exactly where I was going. I was distracted contemplating about what to say to our staff for Kings Row, but I required to apologize immediately. I apologized to their gamers immediately immediately after the match and [Outlaws coach] Tairong shortly immediately after. I am sincerely sorry for my actions and assure you that there was no destructive intent. Even though it was an accident, it was even now unprofessional of me to shoulder bump gamers from yet another staff so yet again, I am sorry.”
And the query is… why? If it have been just a gentle accidental bump, presumably Pei would’ve rapidly apologized in particular person and moved on. If it have been anything far more sinister and aggressive, why is Pei blasting that out to the earth?
The inexplicable apology arrives on the heels of past week’s spherical of punishments from Blizzard to Overwatch League pros and coaches, including a warning to Outlaws mentor Tae-yeong “TaiRong” Kim, who issued a community apology for publishing a meme about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That apology, as very well as TaiRong’s vow to donate a grand to the Hiroshima Peace Society Foundation, was section of why Blizzard didn’t trouble to issue anything at all past a warning. So perhaps Pei assumed that he could get out in front of this and give Blizzard what they required. But even that seems odd. Blizzard and the OWL would probable want to acquire credit score for any disciplinary action, or prefer that the problem not occur out at all.
So we’re back again to the initial concerns: did Pei defeat up some Outlaws backstage? Why is he profusely apologizing if he didn’t? Contend has attained out to the LA Gladiators and the Houston Outlaws for clarification and will update this tale as particulars emerge. If you know anything at all about what the hell happened among Pei and the Outlaws, make sure you get in touch.
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