American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Ronnie 'ryx' Bylicki has alleged that rumored Cloud9 signee Gage ‘Infinite’ Green previously used racist language against one of his teammates.
First reported by Dust2, rumors suggest that Green will join Cloud9 on a three month trial to replace Maikil ‘Golden’ Selim, who missed the ECS Season 6 Finals and the BLAST Pro Series event in Lisbon, Portugal due to health issues.
When the news linking Infinite to Cloud9 broke, CS:GO fans on the /r/GlobalOffensive subreddit immediately began to discuss remarks made by the player at the Americas Minor Championship ahead of the FACEIT London Major.
Bylicki went on to confirm those rumors, stating that Green had aimed a racist slur at one of his teammates at the event, and said that while he had played with racist players in the past, Green “tops the list.”
To clear up the reddit comments about infinite: At the minor infinite indeed shouted “stfu you dumb N***ER” to one of my teammates during a disagreement. Played with a few racist players but he tops the list— ryx (@ryxCSGO) December 27, 2018
Infinite, who was placed on Spacestation's inactive roster list in November, has issued an apology for his actions, releasing a statement that said “it just slipped out” in a heated moment, and he understood no words could make people forgive him.
“I’m not a racist, and I never intended to use that word in that manner,” wrote the American. “It was immature and awful for me to use that word in any manner and I regret saying it. I want to apologize to everyone I have affected by this, and especially to everyone at Cloud9.”
While Green made a point to apologize to Cloud9, the organizations CEO Jack Etienne tweeted that while there has been a lot of speculation about could replace Golden were he unable to play at the Major, they have yet to sign anyone officially and have spoken to a number of players about the situation.
There has been a lot of speculation about who we might sign up as a backup for Golden in case he can't play at the Major. I want to clear the air that although we've talked with several players, we have not signed anyone at this point in time.— Jack Etienne (@JackEtienne) December 27, 2018
Were Cloud9 to sign Infinite to replace Golden, it would see the organization return to a predominately North American roster ahead of the Katowice Major which kicks off in November.
Cloud9 are expected to start the event at the New Challengers Stage should Golden be able to compete in the tournament, however the loss of their in-game leader could see them lose their spot in that stage, as they would no longer have the core squad which competed at the FACEIT London Major.