CS:GO star fer has been fined after making some racist comments on stream.
Brazilian CS:GO team MIBR has fined star player Fernando “fer” Alvarenga after making racist comments live on a Twitch broadcast. The amount fined has not been revealed. Though MIBR did state that the money will be donated to organizations that fight against racial inequality.
— MADE IN BRAZIL. (@MIBR) June 2, 2020
The remarks were made during a stream that took place in the last few weeks. It was after fer began interacting with a viewer who supposedly commented on the player’s hair. According to a translation from Reddit user danielord92, fer responded by saying, “Stop touching my hair? Are you sad because your hair is hard and bad?” The Redditor goes on to explain that words like “hard” are sometimes used in Brazil to describe black people’s hair. According to the translation, fer continues to argue with the viewer, getting even more heated when called out for his remarks.
MIBR responded to this quickly, issuing an undisclosed fine to the player. “Fer, one of our players, made a mistake,” said the organization in a statement released on Twitter. “He was wrong. He made comments in his stream that do not reflect our values and, we believe, that also do not reflect his values.” MIBR closes the statement by pledging to work with fer to “choose organizations that promote racial equality” to donate the fined amount to.
Fer issued his own apology to the community, stating, “I apologize if I somehow gave an impression of racism in my stream. Everyone who knows me knows that I have no prejudice and that I am open to any kind of opinions and debates.” The 28-year-old further apologized in a video, where he explains, according to a translation, that he “didn’t have the knowledge about structural racism,” and that after speaking with people, he “understood the impact it has.”
MIBR is currently competing in BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The team will continue to play in DreamHack Masters Spring later this month.