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Rainbow Six Siege player Adam “Drip” Kolodkin has issued an apology for allegedly using racial slurs in a Twitch clip that surfaced last month. While Drip does not directly acknowledge he used a racial slur, he apologized for saying “very vile, disgusting things.” The apology comes just one day after his team, ‘92 Dream Team, claimed a spot in the Rainbow Six Pro League.
A clip of a player that is believed to be Drip using a racial slur seems to have surfaced on February 5, 2019, but could have originated from an earlier date. Since the clip surfaced, Drip changed his name from “Yardy,” which some members of the community say may have been an attempt to distance himself from his past actions under the Yardy alias.
“As many of you know, there are audio clips of me saying very vile, disgusting things,” said Drip in a Reddit post. “These clips are not only embarrassingly awful, but they make me sick to my stomach listening to myself say these things. I am embarrassed by these videos and want to publicly apologize. From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry, and over the last year I have worked to better myself as a person.”
The R6 community’s reception to Drip’s apology included very mixed responses. Some fans claim they will not forgive him, while more notable names hope to see Drip prove them wrong in regards to how they view him as a player and person. R6 Pro League caster Parker “Interro” Mackay appeared to scold Drip for his actions, but said he is open to the idea of giving him a second chance.
While the apology seems sincere, it’s hard to say how the situation will shake out when the dust settles. For now, there doesn’t appear to be any action being taken in the form of roster changes, or disciplinary measures by Ubisoft.
The topic of toxicity in R6—and the gaming community at large—is always a hot-button issue. How any community tackles these types of situations is crucial to maintaining or transforming their identity—for better or worse. Fans and officials will just have to decide what type of community they wish to be and go from there.