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Sentinels' Dapr receives death threat for 'teabagging' during Valorant First Strike tournament

Sentinels was eliminated by 100 Thieves in the semifinals of the NA regional tournament and some fans took their in-game antics too seriously.
It appears certain Valorant fans can't seem to understand the difference between regular trash talk and real intimidations, with Sentinels' Michael "Dapr" Gulino claiming he received a death threat after teabagging players from the 100 Thieves roster during their match in the semifinals of First Strike North American main event. 

The 21-year-old made the following statement via Twitter: "I got a death threat cus i tbagged in a video game." 

 

At multiple points during the incredibly hard-fought match between Sentinels and 100T, looking to determine who'd face Team SoloMid in the Finals of the event, Dapr, alongside teammates such as Jay "Sinatraa" Won, were seeing constantly teabagging veterans like Spencer "Hiko" Martin or Joshua "steel" Nissan.

The act of teabagging, or crouching repeatedly over an opponent in-game, can be perceived as disrespectful, toxic, and unsportsmanlike by some pro players and fans alike, and while members of 100T were very vocal regarding how they found teabagging extremely rude, personal threats don't have a place in this matter.

 

"Imagine T bagging and losing. Ouch," Nicholas "nitr0" Cannella tweeted out after their win, with Sinatraa responding with amusement: "wait ppl actually get bitter over tbagging? wtf."

This is a good example of spicy trash talk, adding to the in-game rivalry that is now brewing between Sentinels and 100 Thieves.

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Some fans don't like teabagging in their Valorant (Picture: Riot Games)

Dapr was quick to point out that he didn't want to escalate things, adding that no one should target 100 Thieves fans as a whole, claiming it was an isolated issue. 

 

"Dont make this a 100t fan slander just a random weirdo. Lets be civil."

Shahzam reveals harassment comments 

Dapr wasn't the only one that got personally attacked after Sentinels' exit from First Strike NA, as teammate Shahzeeb "ShahZaM" Khan chimed in on Dapr's tweet, saying that those people that sent death threats are the same that "seem happy my Dad died bc we're hitting a key on our keyboard. don't even think i did it more than once the whole series LMAO."

 

On 30th November, Shahzam made the tragic announcement of his father's passing, an event that prevented Sentinels from practicing for two weeks ahead of First Strike.

Hopefully, the Valorant community learns to not get personal for what essentially amounts to some silly in-game teasing.