Following the fallout from Seanś chat logs to TSM Reginald, there has been a massive backlash. Sean Gares being removed from the team for standing up to players rights is not seen as the right publicity stunt for the eSports organisation.
There were rumors of the other players within TSM not supporting Sean Gares, but that has been proven wrong as they have come out with a joint, collective statement supporting Sean Gares.
Several of the players have also tweeted out individually that they would leave the team if Sean was not a part of it.
We also acknowledge that in hindsight, we should have reached out to Andy to at least raise some questions about what was going on with the PEA. This works both ways though, and prior to the leak from DeKay we had not even the slightest inclination to what was about to transpire regarding the PEA. It was only after we received some context through our conversations with Scott that we’d been made aware of the circumstances.
To address some of the statements made in Andy’s post, in no way were we manipulated by Sean. Some of us may have had more information than others or been more involved in this endeavor, but we all understood what we were doing when we gave the okay to put our names on the letter. Also, the conversation logs with ShahZaM were before Sean was ‘released’. We just want to make it clear that we weren’t throwing him under the bus.
How Andy felt blindsided by the letter once it was published on Reddit, we felt the same way upon learning of the PEA’s plans. We felt pressured to take action and make a response, which we did in uniting in the player letter. We just wanted to write this to clarify any misconceptions and bring everything into the light. There are two sides to every story, and we just wanted to make sure our narrative wasn’t skewed and was clear.
The TSM CSGO team:
Skyler “Relyks” Weaver
Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan
Russel “Twistzz” VanDulken
Hunter “SicK” Mims