A Esports player has claimed that his club fired him because of his performance in relation to his mother’s stage four cancer.
Esports or e-sports player Michael “Ninjaboogie” Ross tweeted today that his club, Team SMG, booted him out “because my mother was on her last legs and they thought it would affect my performance”.
Going by her diagnosis, he said he had been expecting her death for some time. She died on Monday.
“Imagine being fired because you are about to lose a loved one,” concluded the tweet, which was liked over 17,000 times.
According to its website, Team SMG stands for Still Moving Under Gunfire and was founded in 2017 as the first esports organization in Asia. Teams are represented in China and Southeast Asia, including DOTA2 and PUB G teams in Malaysia.
The team also tweeted today regarding Ross’ departure.
“We would like to thank you @Ninjaboogie for his enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to Team SMG during our time together,” the tweet said. “Today we part ways. Thanks Ninjaboogie. Keep boogie, even under gunshots.”
Several replies to this tweet referenced Ross’ version of how the breakup took place, and many called out Team SMG for ignoring the elephant in the room.
“Do you want to address the rumors as to why you kicked (Ross)?” said one tweet.
In subsequent tweets, Ross provided further explanation by saying he intends to fly back on May 14 and join his team. However, due to a stroke his mother suffered on May 12, he inquired if he could fly on May 20 instead.
He said a team member, Midone, called him on May 14 “to ask me about my decision”. Ross posted a screenshot of a text.
“The outcome can only be one of two things: she is fine in the meantime or she unfortunately passed away due to complications…I’m sure I want to play and whatever the outcome my motivation won’t falter (sic),” he wrote in a long text to the team officials.
Leaving his mother would make him feel like “a failure of a son,” Ross added, before saying he hoped the decision was to Midone’s liking.
“What I also don’t understand is that they clearly care more about business than their team members,” one user tweeted to Ross. “Considering that, didn’t they think that this would cause a huge social and potential financial backlash once what they’ve done comes out?”
The tweet has also exploded on Reddit, where it has been upvoted over 108,000 times on the r/MildlyInfuriating forum. One user said “a leave of absence would have been more appropriate,” while another said Team SMG’s response was “dirty.”
“This is absolutely ridiculous,” commented one user. “Even Walmart grants at least three paid days of mourning.
latestpagenews.com has reached out to Ross and Team SMG, the latter of whom have made no further public statements regarding Ross’ departure.
DOT Sports reported that Ross returned to his original roster in February after taking a competitive break from playing DOTA.
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