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A group of strangers apparently threw tomatoes at Overwatch League pro player Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha yesterday. The Florida Mayhem DPS player was having lunch with his friends on June 3 when the individuals started to throw vegetables at their table.
“I went to eat lunch at a restaurant but a few people didn’t seem to like our group—they threw tomatoes at us,” Sayaplayer said, according to a translation by Swingchip. “I should have fed them the tomatoes that fell on the floor.”
The strangers seem to have gotten away and their motive for the tomato throwing is unknown. Regardless, multiple people in the Overwatch community came to the defense of Sayaplayer, including the Atlanta Reign’s Andrej “babybay” Francisty and the LA Valiant’s Caleb “McGravy” McGarvey.
“When will racism end,” Atlanta Reign support Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman said. “This shit is so god damn unacceptable. If we can get anything from this situation, be EXTRA considerate and give some hospitality to the KR players in our league. You are my brother [Sayaplayer], next time this shit happens to you, let me know and I’ll come ASAP.”
Fans hope that this incident won’t affect Sayaplayer too much since he’s an integral part of the Florida Mayhem. Sayaplayer and the Mayhem’s first match of Overwatch League stage three will be against the Seoul Dynasty on Thursday, June 6 at 7:45pm CT.