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TSM Reginald fined $75,000 by LCS for "disparaging and bullying behavior"

LCS released a summary of their investigation of TSM CEO, Andi "Reginald" Dinh. They found multiple cases of bullying and berating players and stuff, stating that Dinh had a pattern of misbehavior. He will be fined $75,000 and monitored by an independent specialist.

Dinh will have to undergo sensitivity and executive training within the following 60 days. He will have a two-year probation period to change the working culture in TSM.

LCS found that Dinh was often "verbally abusing pro players and TSM staff members and communicating in a demeaning and belittling manner." The investigation concluded that he broke the rules 14.3.1 and 14.3.4.

14.3.1 Profanity and Hate Speech. A Team Member may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or objectionable; or promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct.

14.3.4 Harassment. Harassment is forbidden. Harassment is defined as systematic, hostile, and repeated acts taking place over a considerable period of time, or a singular egregious instance, which is/are intended to isolate or ostracize a person and/or affect the dignity of the person.

Relevant rules from LCS Ruleset
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LCS didn't find any confirmation that Dinh was targeting specific groups. One of the conclusions states his outbursts were aimed at a person's performance. LCS conducted that Reginald's behavior had no discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or other specifics. There were neither any cases of physical violence nor similar threats by Dinh.

Interestingly enough, former TSM employees opted not to cooperate with the investigation.

The investigators contacted a number of former TSM players and employees who either did not respond or declined to cooperate with the investigation.

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Previously TSM conducted their own investigation. They found that Reginald didn't do anything "law-breaking", but they revealed cases of rude behavior and advised him to fulfill training to change his behavior. The report was done by a layer affiliated with TSM, and this fact was criticized by a known journalist Jacob Wolf.

This is maybe why LCS's summary specifically points out that their investigation wasn't cooperating with TSM. Additionally, they demand Dinh's training to be done by a third party.

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