Phoenix was promised transportation to the United States, plus full rent and living expenses in the Team Reign house. He was also to be given a small allowance once in the United States. All of these points were in his contract.
To clarify, Phoenix was not promised any salary beyond his small allowance. He was also never promised a trip to MLG Anaheim.
Phoenix refused to sign his contract, despite the rest of the team has signing theirs.
Phoenix also threatened to leave the team unless we met a few demands.* He demanded to attend MLG Anaheim. Once we discovered his desire to go to MLG Anaheim however, we told him we would try to make it work, despite the fact it wasn’t something we initially negotiated. In the end, it was not fiscally responsible for us to send him and he wouldn’t have been able to compete anyway, since he had no player pass. Additionally, Phoenix insisted he be brought to the US by August 1st, even though the team house would not be ready and he had no visa or a place to stay.
*As an aside, there is a budding organization that has been tampering with a few teams trying to snipe players under contract from both Reign and FXO. They went after Phoenix and told him not to sign his contract so that he could leave Team Reign.
For the past two months we have research how Phoenix would be able to stay in the United States for 9 months or longer through student visas and other visas. Unfortunately, Phoenix wanted no part of this and only wanted to come to the team if he could be flown back and forth to the US and Korea every 3 months (which would be a $1500 expense added on top of all other travel fees). We told him this was not financially feasible for us.
Phoenix and I talked for a few hours Wednesday night about the options for him to come to the United States. He said he did not want to stay in the US for longer than 3 months because he was expecting his military summons and did not want to become a fugitive in his own country. He said that it would be impossible for him to stay in the US for 9 months + at a time because he needed to return home often so he could go to the military if they called him.
I won’t pretend to know the details of Korean compulsory military service, but I am not going to force someone to come to the United States if they don't wish to.
I wanted desperately to work with Phoenix and told him we could bring him during the month of August and have him go to MLG Raleigh, but he did not consider that sufficient.
That summarizes most of the events of the past month.
I would like to make this clear: we completed literally everything that was in Phoenix’s contract, but Phoenix also never signed the contract and threatened to leave the entire time he was a part of the team unless we met more demands.
*Sidenote: Phoenix agreed to the terms of the contract, but then never signed it. This is where the trouble came.
We were past the negotiation phase.