Popular Overwatch League player Jong-ryeol Park, aka Saebyeolbe, is facing some backlash from Chinese leagues following comments he made about the One China policy, as Kotaku originally reported.
Park made his comments in early April during a stream, where he said he found streaming for a Chinese audience because of how careful he had to be.
Overwatch League translator gatamchun translate Park’s remarks on Twitter:
“I can't call Taiwan, Taiwan. Taiwan is not a separate country,” Park said. “Hong Kong is also not a country. I can't say that. I can't say Taiwan and HK. At all. They don't recognize them as countries. I got into so much trouble for saying their names,”
Overwatch League's Jong-ryeol Park Draws Ire for Challenging One China Policy
Park also said managers told him he needed to be “a Chinese dog” if he wanted to make money.
He apologized two days later, but now, members of the Shanghai Dragons, Chengdu Hunters, Hangzhou Spark, and Guangzhou Charge are calling for a boycott on events where Park was present, saying they refuse to attend and criticizing him on Weibo.
The Shanghai Dragons manager Yang Van reaffirmed what he called the truth of the One China policy and said there should be no political statements in competitive sports.