League of Legends broadcaster Gabby “LeTigress” Durden has apologized for the monologue she delivered on Friday night time’s LCS broadcast previous to the sport between 100 Thieves and TSM.
The segment, which LeTigress delivered on the official LCS stream, recapped a lot of the historical past between 100 Thieves AD carry Doublelift and his former group previous to his first match in opposition to TSM since his return.
The piece additionally lined Doublelift’s off-the-Rift relations with TSM administration, which a lot of the League neighborhood discovered to be an unnecessary addition.
Throughout Doublelift’s two years away from the league, he remained in a constant, public feud together with his former org, particularly the franchise’s proprietor, Reginald. Whereas the LCS’ broadcast section was meant to create intrigue and add hearth to the matchup, many followers reached the settlement it was in poor style to air the section.
Final yr, a full-blown investigation into Dinh’s conduct was performed by Riot Video games, with the findings leading to a $75,000 advantageous for the TSM proprietor on account of his “follow of disparaging and bullying conduct in direction of TSM gamers and employees members.”
The investigation into Dinh took place following an investigative piece revealed by Mikhail Klimentov of the Washington Post in Might 2022 wherein dozens of TSM staff recounted their experiences with the proprietor. Since then, the franchise—which has been held in excessive historic regard, notably within the League sphere—has been making an attempt to rebuild its picture. Many LCS followers felt uncomfortable with the premise of the league taking pictures at an org clearly trying to mud itself off in 2023 after a disastrous 2022.
“I perceive how polarizing the piece is and that there are people who find themselves damage by my involvement,” LeTigress stated in an apology posted to Twitter on Feb. 5. “You will have a proper to voice your opinion and I respect those that achieve this respectfully. I’m reflecting on this second to tell how I method content material sooner or later.”
LeTrigress additionally talked about how she has been receiving a slew of “harassment and vitriol” on account of the section. “Please keep in mind I’m a human, not an object to throw your hatred and anger towards due to one mistake,” she added.
Along with LeTigress’ feedback, LCS commissioner Jackie Felling also issued a statement on the official League subreddit, saying the league is addressing the matter internally. “We do really feel like this was a miss and never within the course we’ve got been desirous to take LCS when it comes to lifting up our groups and our new enjoyable/entertaining method,” Felling stated in her assertion. Each she and LeTigress echoed one another’s statements that the piece missed its mark.
Past the league, although, many present and former TSM members are nonetheless sad with the best way the league has been dealing with the scenario. Former TSM govt Leena Xu replied to LeTigress on Twitter, saying it’s “bizarre for [her] to show a traumatic expertise that 25+ folks went via right into a “each side” drama piece.”
Doublelift himself additionally made a recent comment on LeTigress throughout a Twitch stream, claiming she’s “not superb” as a broadcaster.
TSM has not made any official touch upon the controversial LCS section, though employees members and franchise followers have made their ideas recognized on social media.