HUNDEN implicates teammates in coaching bug scandal
Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen is claiming that some of his teammates were aware of him using the infamous coaching bug.
In a second part of an interview with TV2.dk, HUNDEN has come out to claim that some of his teammates from the time he coached Heroic in early 2020 had been aware of the 30-year-old's abuse of the infamous coaching bug, for which he went on to be banned for eight months.
"Some players knew," the 30-year-old said. "I will not give any names, because I think it is up to the players themselves."
Heroic CEO Joachim Haraldsen has denied the accusations. "The coach bug was thoroughly investigated by ESIC, which found Nicolai Petersen guilty of cheating. At the time, he explained in a written statement that 'I acted alone and without my teammates' knowledge,'" Haraldsen said before going on to claim that HUNDEN is attempting to blame the players for his own wrongdoing.
"I am convinced that ESIC and the rest of the world will see this for what it is: Nicolai Petersen failed his teammates by cheating, he failed them by sharing confidential and sensitive information with a major competitor, and now he is failing them a third time by trying to blame them for his deeds."
TV2.dk got a hold of documents that seem to support HUNDEN's allegation that some of the players knew of the bug's abuse while it was going on, according to Jacob "Pimp" Winneche, who had the chance to review said documents, which have not been released to the public.
The article includes a timeline detailing HUNDEN's claims. According to it, the team had openly discussed whether to take advantage of the coaching bug, but not all of the players who represented Heroic knew of HUNDEN's eventual abuse of the bug in the May 2020 matches for which the coach was banned. At the time, the lineup boasted Casper "cadiaN" Møller, René "TeSeS" Madsen, and Martin "stavn" Lund from the current Heroic team, as well as Nikolaj "niko" Kristensen and Johannes "b0RUP" Borup.
The coach is changing his story from the time he was banned for his use of the bug in September 2020. At the time, he said he had been acting on his own without the knowledge of his teammates.
When asked about why he is coming out with the new information now, HUNDEN said, "I'm so far down a hole now that there's nothing to keep away anymore," referring to the current situation which sees the Dane involved in legal proceedings and an ESIC investigation over his alleged sharing of sensitive information from Heroic's strategy book.
The investigation has already been finalized, with ESIC set to present their findings on Friday at 11:00 . The Commission will reportedly slap HUNDEN with a two-year ban from their member events.