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An update by Riot regarding Griffin controversy: Competitive ruling on cvMax to be postponed, Kanavi FA

The Committee (A committee of members of Riot Korea and KeSPA) have posted an update regarding the ongoing Griffin controversy.

Summary:

  • The initial competitive ruling over Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho will be postponed.
  • Still8 will be required to fully reveal their managerial relationship between themselves and Griffin. The current management must be replaced with a new one and all stocks the current management hold over Still8/Griffin must be sold. This must take place before the start of the promotion tournament for the 2020 LCK summer split. A failure to do so will result in Griffin being stripped of their right to compete in the LCK and Challengers Korea.
  • Kanavi has been granted free agency status.

cvMax’s competitive ruling and reinvestigation

Riot Korea, once again reiterated that they had applied an indefinite ban on cvMax from all Riot organized events including LCK for “verbal and physical abuse”.

Riot Korea expanded on this statement, saying that they had made this decision through “concrete evidence” and had opted to not reveal it due to fear of causing “additional damages to cvMax and the players.” Riot Korea then apologized, stating that due to lack of explanation on their part, they have inadvertently caused more damage for some of the parties involved.

Riot Korea accepted that there has been a lack of trust from the public regarding the fairness of their decision. Therefore, they will be postponing their initial ruling regarding cvMax. The reinvestigation will be performed by a reputable external organization. The process of the investigation will be transparent and will take testimonies from all sides into account before making the final decision.


Former Griffin director Cho Gyu-nam

Riot Korea explains that “an indefinite ban is the harshest penalty in the GPI (Global Penalty Index) and has the same effect for players, head coaches, and directors. They are unable to participate in any Riot organized events and any team that former director Cho joins or holds a stake in will be barred from competing in their respective league.”

There will also be an investigation regarding allegations of threats and coercion by former director Cho during negotiations with Kanavi.


Griffin

Riot Korea has penalized Griffin with a fine of 100,000,000 Won, which is approximately 85,000 USD. However, Riot Korea admitted its failure to take into consideration recent news of Kanavi’s unfair contract with Griffin. Riot Korea believes that Still8 is responsible for the current situation.

Riot Korea continued that “Still8 will be required to fully reveal their managerial relationship between themselves and Griffin. The current management must be replaced with a new one and all stocks the current management hold over Still8/Griffin must be sold. This must take place before the beginning of the Promotion Tournament for 2020 LCK Summer Split.”

Riot Korea warned that failure to ensure this will result in Griffin being automatically stripped of their right to compete in the LCK and Challengers Korea.


Kanavi

Riot Korea announced that Kanavi has been granted a free agency status. Regarding the lateness on their part, Riot Korea explained that due to the difficulty of “examining the complicated relationship between transfer and loan, as well as municipal and international law, which has taken up a significant amount of time.”

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