Tizian Feldbusch, professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player for BIG Clan, has apologized to Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields over remarks he made on Twitter.
Feldbusch, who was replying to a tweet of a meme posted by Thorin questioning if BIG Clan had the firepower to become a top team in the CS:GO scene, fired back with a comment about the analyst having autism and ADHD.
Shields, who revealed he has Aspergers back in 2012, immediately called out the BIG Clan player for using his condition as an attack on him, stating: “Just a professional CS:GO player mocking me for being autistic.”
The German has since taken to Twitter to issue a public apology to Thorin, admitting that the tweet was “disrespectful and insulting” and saying that “discrimination and mocking mental conditions has no place anywhere and should be condemned.”
“We at BIG stand for an open and respectful community,” he continued. “Us players should hold ourselves to that standard.”
I will donate €500 to a charitable organization of his choice, not only to make-up for my misbehavior more so to set a sign against discrimination. We at BIG stand for an open and respectful community and us players should hold ourselves to that standard. (2/2)
— Tizian Feldbusch (@tizianCS) October 11, 2018
Tizian has confirmed that he will make a €500 donation to a charity of Thorin’s choice, with the analyst selecting the Autism Research Unit as his chosen institution. Shields has since matched Feldbusch's donation to the charity.
While Thorin says that he couldn’t “sit by while people act in a bigoted manner”, he feels that there is no reason to drag Tizian “over the coals,” and that people should move on.