Longzhu top laner Khan suspended over controversial "Chinese" remarks

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Longzhu top laner Khan suspended over controversial "Chinese" remarks
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Longzhu Gaming is finding itself in a bit of a pickle at the moment, due to a recent ruling by Riot Games, regarding bad behaviour by their top-laner Khan "Khan" Dong-ha.

The top-laner has found himself the winner of a one-game LCK ban and has been fined one million won (roughly $920) for telling a solo queue team he was playing on, that a team of four Chinese couldn't win a game. LCK, LPL and LMS regions, courtesy, respect and humility are not just encouraged like in the western regions, they're mandatory. Any bad behaviour is strictly frowned upon, and is met with the same level of intolerance as racism and homophobia is in the LCS.

In light of this, Khan released a video and public statement in which he apologised for his rude and unnecessary comments, and opted to shave his head as a sign of repentance. InvenGlobal links to the events.

This puts Longzhu in a bind for the new season, as they will have to rely on substitute top-laner Kim "Rascal" Kwang-hee to fill his shoes. This on the back of a Worlds that didn't pan out how the team expected, being clear favourites heading in, but not making it out of the quarterfinals. In order to regain their standing and strength, the team had brought in former SK Telecom T1 jungler Han "Peanut" Wang-ho, hoping he would bolster their ranks.

The LCK is fiercely competitive, so giving up a win in their first game of the new split might prove disastrous for LZ. A lot of pressure, therefore, rests on Rascal's shoulders, and more so on Khan. If his antics causes his team to lose and this becomes deciding later in the split, he's likely to face harsher punishment still.

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