Riot Korea has pressed charges against former Griffin and current DragonX coach Kim “cvMax” Dae-ho, claiming the use of violence during his tenure as Griffin’s head coach, Naver reports. Riot Korea has requested the prosecution to conduct its own investigation into cvMax, reiterating the statements of Choi “Sword” Sung-won, who claimed cvMax repeatedly verbally and physically harassed him.
Riot Korea’s actions come 10 days after Sword himself filed a police report against cvMax with similar claims. According to Sword’s father, “after Griffin were promoted to the LCK, there were a lot of important games and [cvMax] used to hit [Sword] on his shoulders,” also calling Sword’s play “disgusting” and threatening to “kill” him.
Other Griffin players such as Park “Viper” Do-hyeon, Lee “Tarzan” Seung-yong, and Shin “Rather” Hyeong-seop have also spoken out about cvMax’s less than admirable behavior as coach. Others, however, including star mid laner Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and top Choi “Doran” Hyeon-joon chose to join cvMax in his new team, DragonX. cvMax himself denied all allegations, claiming he’s never assaulted or harassed any of his players.
The whole Griffin incident — which also includes the investigation of the unlawful loaning of Seo “Kanavi” Jin-hyeok JD Gaming — also prompted Riot Games to pay closer attention to player contracts and player rights. In late November, Riot Korea said that by the start of 2020 Spring Season, it will have reviewed all player contracts, prepare new, standardized ones, and work with a neutral third party to conduct investigations, protect player rights, and educate teams on how to prevent physical and verbal abuse.
While the investigation continues, cvMax will make his coaching debut with DragonX in this year’s KeSPA Cup. DragonX are playing Chungnam in the first round and are expected to make it all the way to playoffs.