We’re now less than a month away from the return of the League of Legends Championship Series and the offseason is awash with transfer rumours and drama. Just weeks after acquiring Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng from Team Liquid, Leena Xu, the president of Team SoloMid, has apologised after she accidentally leaked Joshua ‘Dardoch’ Hartnett’s potential transfer on her boyfriend’s stream.
The president, who recently dubbed the conflict of interest claims over Doublelift’s trade as “ridiculous”, was overheard taking an important business call on the AD Carry’s stream yesterday, putting a player’s future in doubt. “It’s not up to me,” Xu can be overheard saying in the clip below. “Like, for example, no one wants to pick up Dardoch – that’s not my fault.”
While roster moves are pretty common in the offseason, the call has raised a lot of questions in the League of Legends community. Xu should not be handling work conversations in front of another player, regardless of their relationship.
Since the clip went viral, Xu has apologised both to the community and to Dardoch for her “lapse in judgement.”
This is completely inexcusable.
Dardoch’s ability to negotiate with potential teams is harmed by this information going public. It causes his value to drop in the market since it removes leverage. https://t.co/hzSzsjbro7
— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) May 11, 2020
“I’d like to make an apology to our community and to Dardoch over my lapse of judgement on handling an important call next to a live stream,” Xu says in a Twitlonger. “No one wants their private information leaked and it’s not fair to Dardoch that this happened. At the end of the day, no one feels worse about this situation than I do, and it’s already difficult to be a TSM fan in these trying times.”
The president also adds that TSM has been working with Dardoch since the end of the Spring Split to find him a new home. Originally the organisation wanted him to split time between the LCS and the Academy, but the jungler implied he’d prefer to find another team for a starting spot.
It’s unclear at this stage whether Riot Games will investigate.