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Some notes on Dr Disrespect and 'Now they tell us'

Plus: A brief follow-up on 'POV your Valorant esports team is falling apart'

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Earlier this month, I published two stories: One about the unfolding Dr Disrespect story, and another about an anonymous Valorant team that flamed out, badly, over internal tensions. Now, behind the paywall (as a treat for the real Grevheads) I wanted to think out loud a bit about the reactions to those pieces. These will be relatively unpolished, open-ended musings.

Before we get into that: On Tuesday, Doc took to Twitter to issue a statement about the rumors and reporting starting to circulate about his 2020 Twitch ban. “Were there twitch whisper messages with an individual minor back in 2017? The answer is yes,” he wrote.

“These were casual, mutual conversations that sometimes leaned too much in the direction of being inappropriate, but nothing more,” he added. “Nothing illegal happened, no pictures were shared, no crimes were committed, I never even met the individual.”1

It’s worth noting: Reporting in The Verge by Ash Parrish and in Bloomberg by Cecilia D'Anastasio likely precipitated that statement. Further coverage by Rod “Slasher” Breslau in Rolling Stone advanced the story further.

Okay, now that we’re up to speed, I want to crack into some of the responses to my Doc piece and the Valorant story. (And check the footnotes for a brief digression about how almost every time I publish a newsletter I lose more subscribers than I gain. I promise it’ll make sense in context.)

The first type of response to the Doc story I want to address is the “Erm, there’s nothing new in this?” comment.2

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