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Riot releases final report on Griffin controversy: cvMax and former director Cho Gyu-nam indefinitely suspended, Griffin to be fined

Riot Korea announced on the 20th of November the final report for their investigation into various controversies around Griffin, Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok, Cho Gyu-nam, and Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho.

Summary: Former Griffin Director Cho Gyu-nam and DragonX head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho have been indefinitely suspended from all Riot organized competition, including the LCK. Griffin has been fined 100,000,000 Won, which is approximately 85,000 USD.


Individual: Former Griffin director Cho Gyu-nam
Penalty: Indefinite suspension from all Riot organized competitions
Date: This will take effect from the 21st of November, 2019.

In the statement, Riot Korea said about Cho’s involvement in the Kanavi incident: “Director Cho, who should have encouraged the organization to follow regulations and be a forerunner in protecting the players, made a minor process a transfer on his own, and made unfair influence so the player leans towards a certain decision.”

Riot Korea also added: “Also, in the process of loaning Kanavi to JDG, Cho was actively involved in including a clause where the period he was loaned for would not be part of his contract with [Griffin], in contrast to how he notified [the Commitee].”

Riot concluded, “Therefore, we consider the gravity of the violations above and apply an “indefinite ban” on former director Cho. So former director Cho cannot participate in any way on esports related activities organized and/or run by Riot, including the LCK.”


Individual: Former Griffin head coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho
Penalty: Indefinite suspension from all Riot organized competitions
Date: This will take effect from the 21st of November, 2019.

In the statement, Riot Korea discussed findings related to Kim in the investigation: “We have been notified that Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho the former Griffin coach, during his time serving as a coach, exercized verbal and physical abuse to some of the players.” On the nature of the violence exercized by cvMax, Riot Korea told: “We have confirmed that the level of verbal violence committed [from cvMax] to the players in an extended period of time was personally damaging and that some players who were victims of this physical and verbal violence were minors.

Riot concluded, “Therefore, we consider the gravity of the violations above and apply an “indefinite ban” on former coach Kim. So former director Kim cannot participate in any way on esports related activities organized and/or run by Riot, including the LCK.”


Team: Griffin
Penalty: A fine of 100 million Korean Won (approximately 85,000 USD)
Date: This will take effect from the 21st of November, 2019.

In their statement, Riot Korea announced “We have confirmed that individuals in the Griffin management have either been directly involved, or overlooked, the behaviors of Cho and Kim. Therefore, the Committee fines Griffin 85,000 USD. Also, the Committee will regularly check the overall team management of Griffin for the next year.”

Riot Korea added, “If we find a similar violational activities [from Griffin] in the future from this process, we will apply further penalties with the maximum penalty being the termination of Griffin’s [LCK] seed.”

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