Apex Legends pro banned from tournament for teabagging teammate

Olivia Richman • July 17, 2022 2:59 pm

An Apex Legends pro has been permanently banned from a tournament circuit for teabagging his own teammate.

8x Predator’s Dilly was competing in the Fate Legion tournament when he made the fateful decision to teabag his own teammate. As a result, the entire 8x Predator team was permanently banned from ever competing in a Fate Legion tournament again.

Teabagging is when a player crouches over another player, usually after getting eliminated, insinuating a sexual act. It’s been considered a video game taunt since the early 2000s, popular in games like Halo and Call of Duty. Teabagging has never gotten old to the gaming community, even pro players, and it’s often seen in ranked games as well as esports tournaments.

Despite how common teabagging is, the competitive gaming community has often questioned if it’s appropriate, especially for esports pros. While most gamers have agreed that teabagging isn’t sexual assault or offensive beyond trolling, it’s apparently being ruled as unprofessional by many tournament organizers.

Apex Legends pro banned for teabagging teammate in tourney

During a Fate Legion match, Dilly decided to teabag his own teammate, daftwalrus55, after he was eliminated. He went over to daftwalrus55’s deathbox mid-match to perform the trollish behavior. This didn’t sit right with Fate Legion.

“Yo, Dilly is disqualfied. I’m not taking that at all. We’re here to create a safe space for all gamers, and that kind of stuff will not be tolerated,” Fate Legion responded.

After shutting down the lobby and banning 8x Predator, Fate Legion explained that players can’t teabag during a tournament due to “sportsmanship. Sportsmanship. Sportsmanship.” TOs didn’t think it made a difference if Dilly teabagged his own teammate versus an enemy.

Dilly decided to call out Fate Legion on Twitter, replying that players in other big tournaments were teabagging each other. He also pointed out there was no rule stated about teabagging before the tournament began, calling the decision to ban the entire team forever “a joke.”

“Teabagging my own teammate is not toxic in any way and I’m not accepting that rule,” Dilly tweeted.

Many in the competitive gaming space rushed to Dilly’s aid, agreeing that Fate Legion overreacted. Some were shocked that he couldn’t jokingly taunt his own teammate. Others pointed out that people offended by this behavior would never survive while playing Halo.

But other gamers could see both sides of the situation. Some called the behavior “childish” to do in a tournament, stating that it was an “unwritten rule” that he shouldn’t have teabagged while competing. It didn’t seem professional to some gamers.

Fate Legion has yet to respond to the controversy.

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