Osaka-based esports team, Cyclops Athlete Gaming, has fired their Call of Duty manager, Kbaton, after scores of insensitive tweets of his came to light. This is the second major termination in the organization following Tekken player Tanukama’s the day before for a history of abusive comments as well as her declaration that “men who are under 170cm (5’7”) don’t have human rights.”
Following Tanukana’s initial height-comment controversy, which has since become national news in Japan, Kbaton tweeted, “I didn’t think this would turn out to be such a big deal. The internet is terrifying.”
Kbaton made a number of tweets with homophobic and ableist slurs on repeated occasions. In Japan, the types of ableist slurs he used have been directed at disabled children as well as people with mental disabilities. He also used the slur ホモ (homo), which Fuji TV got called out for allowing on a Beat Takeshi comedy show back in 2017.
Kbaton has since deleted his Twitter account. His team profile on the official Cyclops Athlete Gaming site has also been removed.
(All information was provided by Kotaku)
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