Clement "Puppey" Ivanov has released a statement to TwitLonger thanking his teammates for staying beside him, nine days after Jacky "EternalEnvy" Mao alleged that he was verbally abusive to teammates.
"I'm not getting into a war of words," Puppey said. "Those that know me well know that I'm not that person described and that's good enough for me. What I do want you to know is that I love Dota and I won’t stop trying to become the best Dota player out there. I cherish my teammates who stayed with me. Despite the drama, we still played great scrims, talking about the game and having a lot of fun. It made me feel alive again. Thank you MP, Pieliedie, FoREv and MidOne."
EternalEnvy, who formerly played with Puppey on Team Secret before forming Team NP after TI6, alleged in a since-deleted post that Puppey rarely practiced with the team before TI6 and refused to take responsibility for mistakes made during games. Envy also alleged that Puppey would routinely challenge other players to fights after disagreements, and uploaded a short video that depicted Puppey throwing his headphones at a monitor after a poor public game.
In the same post, Envy also alleged that Secret did not pay its players a regular salary for months. In addition, he claimed that Secret took a 10 percent cut of over $2 million in prize money over his year on the team.
Earlier today, Secret released a vague statement that does not directly address Envy's allegations. In the statement, Secret recalled the team's past successes and thanked players and sponsors for committing to the team.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.