As esports organisations flood social media with statements regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, the Boston Uprising decided to add a contentious post regarding the situation.
Shared via Twitter, the team that's owned by the Kraft Group proclaimed that they "will work harder than ever before to promote equality, to stand up for what's right and to value ALL people."
Statement from the Kraft Family: pic.twitter.com/OJmcWckdi0— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) June 2, 2020
In the context of the current situation, making such a noncommittal statement that not only fails to directly address the black community but puts the spotlight on an "all lives matter" point of view, did not sit well with Overwatch League fans.
“Nice little dog whistle here. I wonder if any racist talking points use the word ‘All’ prominently,” said Twitter user Evan Blevins. Overwatch League and Polygon writer, Bonnie Qu, responded to the tweet by adding how they even failed to touch on the crucial points of discussion.
I think I'm legitimately impressed at how they wrote so much yet dodged the phrases "police brutality" and "Black lives matter", aka the bare minimum— Bonnie Qu (@bonniequeue) June 2, 2020
“I think I'm legitimately impressed at how they wrote so much yet dodged the phrases ‘police brutality’ and ‘Black lives matter’, aka the bare minimum.”
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User PharaohOW tweeted out a hilarious edit, depicting the Uprising doing an insignificant effort to raise awareness in these times of crisis since they “pushed for inclusion” before anyone else.
They might as well have just tweeted this pic.twitter.com/WI03OxJZ05— PHΛЯΛӨH (@PharaohOW) June 3, 2020
The statement recalls Boston being the first team in the Overwatch League to sign a black player. Sadly, Mikias "Snow" Yohannes was benched for 99% of the season and only saw play once the Uprising had secured their spot for the season playoffs in 2018.
The general manager and translator for the Florida Mayhem, Swingchip, was one of the most vocal figures to bash the Boston statement.
we fucking knew it was only a matter of time before an org decided to go "b- bw- bwut AWW WIVES MAWWTUH"— swingchip #BLM (@swingchip930) June 3, 2020
and of COURSE its boston.
🤡🤡🤡 absolute clown fiesta.
there's literally so many misses in this 1 tweet you'd think this was a bronze mccree fanning the hammer willy nilly https://t.co/0hrR1vHjfP
“We f***ing knew it was only a matter of time before an org decided to go ‘b-bu-but all LIVES MATTER’ and of COURSE it’s Boston.”
It isn't entirely surprising this is the stance the Boston Uprising decided to take. Robert Kraft has been a strong Donald Trump ally throughout the years and was even part of the President's "super team" of consultants that would help restart the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Uprising has yet to address the criticisms and no amends to the original statement have been made.