“Recently I’ve hurt the feelings of many people with words that I shouldn’t have said,” he said. “I certainly said things that should not have been said as a professional, and even outside of that I think there were many instances where people were uncomfortable with how I conducted myself. I think I was very unaware of those moments and I am very embarrassed. I’m working to reflect on my attitude, but I think there needs to be more time and I need to reflect even further. I want to give back to the fans with my performance and I think I’ll need to live out my career while repenting for what I’ve done.”
The most recent outcry towards Bang’s streaming persona stemmed from comments he made a few months ago, as he insulted a viewer during a stream. Although the incident wasn’t a big deal at the time, it was brought up recently in conjunction with SKT’s losing streak, and Bang came under fire from the Korean League of Legends community.
SKT managed to defeat Ever8 Winners on Wednesday with a clean 2-0, finally ending the team’s first four match losing streak becoming a single team. The other MVP, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, was also invited to the post-match interview with OGN casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-joong and Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo, where he talked frankly about what the losing streak meant to him.
“I don’t think I’ve lost this much with SKT before, and though I had a rough time personally, I also knew that the fans must be having a tough time supporting us, so I felt very sorry,” he said. “I promise to the fans that we won’t show the same performances (as we did) during our losing streak.”
Many reasons were given to explain SKT’s faltering performance, from a lack of professionalism to a small amount of practice games. Bang said the team met to talk about the struggles and “came to the conclusion that we just need to work hard.”
There was also a rather uncharacteristic moment in the match when SKT’s coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun came into the booth after the match, looking rather happy and congratulatory to his players. As he is well known in being strict even in victory, Faker said that kkOma’s demeanor was more relief than happiness.
“The coach has been saying that he’s been getting stressed more than usual,” he said. “So I thought that we had to win today. I don’t think he was happy, but more relieved to end the losing streak.”
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