Domestic abuse in sports (and, sadly, everywhere else) has been a rampant issue for the longest of times. So much so that in the NFL it’s almost a running joke amidst certain circles, albeit rather distasteful and outright wrong. If it’s known that domestic abuse among sporting athletes is an issue, and some have been caught, why are they still allowed to compete? Why do people still support them?
We can’t answer those questions, but Riot Games and Newbee took swift action against Li “Vasilii” Wei Jun who was caught allegedly verbally and physically abusing his girlfriend while live streaming. Vasilii is known for his temper and during his livestream when confronted by his girlfriend regarding his attitude while playing, he completely lost it. On the video, which made its rounds on social media, you couldn’t clearly see what was going on but you could hear his girlfriend shouting and screaming (Speaker volume warning – the video is loud).
Riot and Newbee immediately suspended Vasilii from professional and semi-professional play pending an investigation into the matter. His now ex-girlfriend released a statement saying he did not in fact hit her, but was instead throwing stuff around the room. She screamed in fear and told her friend to call the police. This was translated on Reddit thread taken from her Weibo, the Korean/Chinese Facebook.
Riot and Newbee’s reactions are how every single domestic abuse case should be handed when a prominent figure or celebrity is accused. The immediate action notes one of the few times that domestic abuse has shown up in gaming and the availability of the video obviously makes the case. Whether or not Vasilii did physically abuse his girlfriend, his reputation and this ordeal will most likely be the end of his career. Her statement might hold, but it’s too late for him and his career. Meanwhile, Chris Brown still sells out stadiums.
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Last Updated: October 30, 2017