As many of you are aware a verbal altercation occurred last night between Ryan “fREAKAZOID” Abadir and Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev. We would like to thank the community for their patience as we determined the best course of action. Within a competitive environment there is always a certain level of banter between competitors, however we are aware that Ryan’s words exceeded the boundaries of harmless banter and ventured into the realm of bullying and toxicity.
The altercation initially began as a result of Ryan’s protective instincts. His remarks were the result of a misguided attempt to defend his friends. In hindsight Ryan realized that his behavior was inexcusable.
Previously, we have not had to deal with a situation like this within the Cloud9 CS:GO team. After much discussion we have decided the best course of action is to fine Ryan an entire month’s salary and to donate 50% of that amount to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center and 50% to the Born This Way Foundation to support awareness and action against bullying. Additionally, Ryan will be attending an anti-bullying seminar in Los Angeles, CA hosted by PACER. We strongly encourage our players to set a positive example whenever possible and we hope that this seminar will better enable Ryan to provide aid to his friends in an acceptable manner.
We’d like to offer our wholehearted apologies to anyone who has been upset or otherwise impacted by Ryan’s actions. We hope that you will continue with us as an organization and with Ryan as a player as we all look to better ourselves.