I am Marine. I manage Impulse eSports. I wanted to make a statement in regards to what has been brought against our team and player PhysicsLee.
I just want to say to everyone that I would never knowingly allow a hacker to be a part of my team, and I hope that at least some people will believe that. I have managed this team for a very long time now. We came up from a clan called xDooMx back at SC2's start. I have always, in my own life and with this team, strived to do my best and what is right every day. I think that is all that anyone can do.
This being said I will also share a bit of a story because I feel it relates to this situation, and may shine a light on how I handle a situation such as this, and how I think we should all look at SC2 a bit more in these types of situations.
About 5 or so years ago I was involved in a bad situation. Someone felt that I was snitching on someone on trial, and began to spread rumors and accusations against me. None of it was true, but I watched as one by one almost everyone I knew began to accuse and shun me. I had a friend, however, who never turned on me, but also let me know if these things were true I should run. Anyways, the documents came out, and they proved that I had never said a damn thing. I will never forget how it felt to have at least one person believe me amidst a sea of accusers.
Because of this, I believe very strongly in “Innocent until proven guilty”. However, I do believe you should be cooperating in an investigation, and searching for the truth in the situation. I have done my best to co-operate with URTL and talk to others in the community. Before this ever grew to this magnitude I looked at some replays, talked to other people in the community, and even Lee’s previous team managers in an attempt to figure out what was going on. I never saw anything I felt was conclusive. I talked to my player, and he has sworn he is innocent. As a team manager I want to believe my player and stand by his side. “Innocent until proven guilty”
In light of all of the new things coming forward, and some people investigating Lee, I have decided to pull him from all competitions and leagues. I fully understand URTL’s decision as I stated before, and I hope that we can get to the truth. I would say to those who believe he is hacking or boosting: gather all your evidence and save it. Then, when you feel you truly have all you need to make a case, do it, outline it, and make something very solid and substantial.
Finally, if Lee is shown to be confirmed guilty, I will be the first one to apologize and go after him. I love this game, and hate hackers that ruin it. But, like I have said, he has sworn he is innocent, and I believe the right thing to do here is trust someone who has never given me reason not to. Maybe I will end up being wrong, but “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything”. This is just me trying to do my best in a very difficult situation.
P.S. If anyone has experience with a situation like this I would welcome any good advice.