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One week into Worlds, Riot Games have ruled that Hankil “Road” Yoon of Chinese team I May is suspended for 1 game and must pay a fine of $2,000 USD due to recent instances of verbal abuse and racism.

It was brought to the public eye by G2 Esports’ mid laner Luka “PerkZ” Perkovic speaking out against him; PerkZ claimed that when he encountered Road in Korean solo queue during their bootcamp, he intentionally fed — a highly toxic and bannable offense. Evidence from PerkZ’s stream was then provided to bolster the statement.

The next instance was a screenshot that involved Echo Fox’s mid laner Henrik “Froggen” Hansen being told by Road to “go die” over and over again in chat for a solid 15 seconds. This screenshot is an example of both verbal abuse and harassment, both actions that are bannable offenses.

In a facebook post Road made in response to the screenshot, Road apologized and claimed that he was not telling Froggen to go die, but simply mentioning the repeated ganks Froggen received. Road claimed that he became angry, and was “having a tough time mentally.”

But regardless, in the ruling, Riot revealed that they had done an extensive investigation on the case, and had looked at Road’s solo queue accounts from every region. On his Korean account, they found he was reported in 22 out of 158 games between August 23 and September 23 — a little over 13%. Riot’s investigators found several instances of verbal toxicity and harassment.

Before the start of the 2014 World Championship, Dennis “Svenskeren” Johnsen, then of SK Gaming, was fined $2,500 USD and suspended from competitive play for three matches for acting racially insensitive in solo queue. 

This does not bode well for I May, seeing as the road out of their groups was already treacherous enough. It is not known yet which player will play at the support position in I MAY’s next match, tomorrow against the Flash Wolves.

Photo Courtesy of Riot Games