Flash Wolves management weigh in on Karsa ban

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Flash Wolves management weigh in on Karsa ban

Principles are a dime a dozen. Whether it's professional sports, work ethics or even politics, everyone seems to have deeply rooted conducts of behaviour that they hold sacred. Until something challenges them, that is. Then most often, principles are out the window in favour of whatever easy fix provides an advantage while being able to pass it off as pragmatism.

It's why we never really believe corporations or entities when they say "we believe [insert whatever people believe]". But Flash Wolves just went and turned all that on its head. We recently covered how Flash Wolves suspended Karsa indefinitely over leaving a game before it was concluded. Now, after fan backlash, Flash Wolves took to a live stream to answer questions about this banning, as well as the previous benching of ADC Lu "Betty" Yuhung and Top laner Yau "MMD" Li-Hung. The two had allegedly partaken in underage drinking (Betty was 17 while the legal drinking age is 18 in Taiwan) while at a Karaoke gig.

The live stream itself is in Taiwanese, but Akshonesports were wonderful enough to do a translation of the stream. During the transmission, the team leader and the coach open up about the decisions to affect such harsh punishments for seemingly minor transgressions, voluntarily. Riot hasn't approached them for the bans meaning they did so of their own volition, based on that most elusive of currencies; Principle.

Flash Wolves believes that raising these young athletes to be responsible human beings is, in fact, more important than winning. Now a lot of organisations say this, but one struggles to recall the last time an organisation benched their winning line-up in favour for a sub-par one, all for the sake of teaching someone an important life lesson. While fans are sore about watching their team underperform and some even stating that management doesn't care about them anymore, management has stood firm. They acknowledge that they don't know if it's the right thing to do, but they have a commitment to the parents of these young athletes, as well as to the community at large, to uphold a certain standard.

Speaking frankly for a moment here, it's refreshing. In a world where competitive organisations will say anything to appear responsible as long as it's free, it's comforting to see someone who, even when there's money at stake, isn't afraid of doing what's right. Riot themselves recently had to make a difficult decision, and as a fan of the involved parties, it sucks to see them pay such a steep price. But if we step back for a moment, a lot of young people are coming into esports. We need to stand firm on the principle that actions have consequences, and that as professionals, they're held to higher standards. Rather a suspension now, than a career ending blunder 5 years down the line.

Flash Wolves took several steps up in my book. I just hope it works for them, so they might inspire others. If this losing streak breaks their back, less will be inclined to stand up for principle in the future, and I think our sport will be worse off for it.


sources: Akshonesports
sources: Flash Wolves Twitch
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