In 1989, Major League Baseball great Pete Rose was given a lifetime suspension from the sport for betting on the Cincinnati Reds while he was manager of the team—a suspension that still holds weight today, more than 30 years after his retirement, because he remains ineligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. By that standard, the seven Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros who were recently busted for betting on matches got off lucky: They were only suspended for a year.
“As a result of the joint investigation between ESIC and ESEA, ESIC has discovered that seven current CS:GO professionals playing in MDL [Mountain Dew League] Australia placed bets on MDL matches during their participation in the MDL. Some of these individuals engaged in betting activity related to matches they were playing in themselves,” the Esports Integrity Commission said in a statement.
“Further to this, ESIC has identified that several associates of the Offending Parties also participated in betting activities related to the matches being played by the Offending Parties. In some instances, the associates placing bets mirrored identical bets to those placed by the Offending Parties.”
The ruling means that the following players will be taking the year off:
- Stephen “sjanastasi” Anastasi (LAKERS) [now playing as “stvn”]
- Akram “akram” Smida (Rooster) [now playing as “ADK”]
- Daryl “Mayker” May (Ground Zero)
- Corey “netik” Browne (Rooster) [sometimes spelt “nettik”]
- Damian “JD/The Real Goat” Simonovic (Rooster 2)
- Carlos “Rackem” Jefferys (Rooster 2)
- Joshua “jhd”