Cloud9’s mid laner, Jang ‘EMENES’ Min-soo, has issued a public apology for making xenophobic remarks towards a streamer during a recent solo queue game. The South Korean player came under fire after calling the streamer a “disgusting eu streamer” and telling him to “go to your country plz.” The chat logs were shared by the streamer on Twitter, sparking mixed reactions from the League of Legends community.
EMENES admitted that he went too far with his remarks and expressed regret for his actions. However, he made it clear that he had no intention of apologizing to individuals who maliciously break basic rules for viewer interest. Cloud9 released a statement acknowledging the situation and stating that they will be addressing the matter internally.
Five days after the incident became public, EMENES issued a statement on Twitter apologizing for his inappropriate remarks. He expressed deep remorse for his actions and recognized the impact his words have in-game. He also publicly apologized to the streamer, acknowledging the unprofessional image he presented as a player for an American team.
EMENES has been a part of Cloud9 since November 2022 and has previously played for their academy team before being promoted to the main squad in February. The controversy comes at a crucial time as Cloud9 prepares to compete at Worlds 2023. This will be EMENES’ second international event following their participation in MSI 2023, where Cloud9 finished 5th-6th.
Overall, while EMENES has acknowledged his mistake and issued an apology, it remains to be seen how the situation will affect his career and Cloud9’s performance at upcoming tournaments.