Crew Vitality have benched their Valorant head coach, Tanishq ‘Tanizhq’ Sabharwal, as Riot Video games and Freaks4U examine alleged poisonous tweets between him and one other org’s assistant coach.
Vitality defined of their put up that they’re proactively benching Sabharwal, who joined the group on April 6, whereas the investigation occurs.
Within the meantime, they added they’ve promoted assistant coach Harry ‘Gorilla’ Mepham to take his place.
The tweets in query, which had been deleted, however not earlier than being screenshotted and shared by the group, noticed Tanizhq responding to ZE1SH, calling him a “cockroach” and ending with a center finger emoji.
“Firstly, it’s a tweet to let folks know we aren’t taking part in on a stage, which I’ve been requested about rather a lot as folks assume it’s a LAN match,” the Vitality head coach wrote on Twitter. “Secondly, keep tf out of my mentions you racist cockroach. The quantity of hate you incited towards Indian folks must be a shame to KC.”
After deleting the tweet, Tanizhq made his Twitter account non-public as properly. This wasn’t sufficient to cease Vitality from benching the recently-hired head coach, nevertheless.
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“We’re very clear that we can’t tolerate improper and extreme communication from a member of our teaching employees,” Vitality stated in a press release concerning the transfer. “It’s our duty to make skilled esports an inclusive and respectable atmosphere, and we’re taking this duty severely.”
Tanzihq was a former Overwatch coach earlier than shifting over to Valorant in 2020. Earlier than Vitality, he coached Crew Heretics, OG, SuperMassive Blaze and Giants.
He’s additionally been credited because the architect behind Vitality’s present Valorant roster because the group went by means of a large overhaul in Could of 2022. Whether or not he’ll be totally launched from the group although, stays to be seen at this level.