23Savage apologizes for “cancer” remark towards Filipinos
Talon Esports carry player Nuengnara “23Savage” Teeramahanon posted a public apology after he went under for saying that Filipinos “spread like cancer” in the Dota 2 pro scene. The Thai player recently went on a short rant in a now-private video, where he mentioned that Filipinos are prominent in the scene and that he doesn’t want to play with any more of them again.
“I realize that some words were insensitive and not appropriate and I regret saying those words,” 23Savage wrote in his Twitlonger post. The 21 year-old professional player also stated that he has good relations with the Filipino staff on his team, and that he did not mean to offend the Filipino Dota community with what he said. He ended his statement by appealing to the public that he regain their trust, and that he promises to work and grow both personally and professionally.
The comment in question was regarding 23Savage’s opinions on how Filipinos currently dominate the Southeast Asian Dota 2 pro scene, likening them to cancer cells spreading. Although many Filipinos agreed with the statement, some have also disagreed and called the Thai player “weak” for not being able to keep up with Filipino pro players. 23Savage had previously been kicked out of two SEA teams only to be replaced by Filipinos— Marc “Raven” Fausto taking his place in Fnatic, and Kim “Gabbi” Villafuerte replacing him in T1.
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