Lunatic-Hai Players Retire After Being Accused of Inappropriate Relationships With Fans
Two starting players from the South Korean esports organization Lunatic-Hai have announced their retirement from the professional Overwatch scene.
Geum “Dean” Dong-geun and Lee “Leetaejun” Tae-jun were recently accused of developing inappropriate relationships with multiple female fans, which included exchanging photos and texts over social media platforms. Among other things, the two players were also suspected of pursuing sexual relations with more than one teenage fan.
In the wake of mounting criticism, the Lunatic-Hai management suspended both players from all official matches and events for the next two months. Citing a breach of trust between the organization and its fans, the management openly apologized for the actions of its players and vowed to take appropriate steps to prohibit similar happenings in the future.
The suspension will not hit Lunatic-Hai that hard since it already featured eight members on its roster. However, being unable to compete in the remainder of the second season of Overwatch Apex league, Geum “Dean” Dong-geun and Lee “Leetaejun” Tae-jun have decided to part ways with the scene altogether.
Lunatic-Hai issued a press release (English translation)earlier today to confirm that Dean has decided to retire from professional Overwatch. The former support and tank of the South Korean squad expressed disappointment over his actions and mentioned that he would be directly apologizing to each fan involved.
As for Leetaejun, he announced his retirement in a live-stream today. The former player insisted that some of the rumors being spread about him and his relationships are not true. However, he admitted his wrongdoings and expressed great regrets over his past actions. Leetaejun plans to explain his side of the story in another live-stream in the future. In the mean time, we expect Lunatic-Hai to issue another press release to make his retirement official.
Lunatic-Hai faces Luxury Watch Blue later today in his next match in the ongoing second season of Overwatch Apex.