budak: "GuX did not trust SK"
SK Gaming manager Anton Budak has played down the critiques made by fnatic and Rasmus "GuX" Stahl.
Stahl and fnatic had claimed that one of the reasons which led to the player's unhappiness at SK Gaming was the fact that he had not received any salary or his share of the team's winnings.
Budak says it was Stahl's own fault for this situation, as he affirms that it is SK's policy not to pay their players unless they are legally tied down to the organisation by contracts.
"Gux had a contract lying at home for five months but refused to sign it. We told him to sign it and send it to the SK offices so he could get his salary and his prize money, but he didn't. He answered that he didn't trust SK," Budak told rakaka.se.
"We don't pay salaries if the players don't sign their contracts, that's the way it's handled everywhere. I could easily triple his pay if he wanted to, but loyalty and team spirit (his words, actually) are more important to me than being the best team in the world."
The SK manager also criticized fnatic's handling of the case, saying they started disturbing the player with an offer to return right after the ESWC finals.
"The fact that fnatic made Gux leave SK the day the team leaves for Arbalet Dallas is completely unprofessional. To even offer him a place in the lineup the day before we leave for Dallas must mean they are scared of us," Budak said.
"We were feeling everything was going well and they were feeling bad after their latest efforts; I do not think they could handle that. Luckily for us, we feel even more motivated now and we're counting the days until we can meet them in a game.
"I will not go into names, but that a fnatic player consistently rushed Gux by calling him daily right after they placed bad in two tournaments in a row is also rotten. It wouldn't be a problem if Gux came after Arbalet and told me he wanted to leave, but to do this just one day before the tournament is just wrong."
Budak also questioned Stahl's reason to depart fnatic in January, only to return to the team half a year later, saying: "People speculated about why he left fnatic; he wanted to study, he wanted to become a fireman and so on, but it's simple: he didn't feel comfortable in the team. He didn't hang out with the fnatic guys during tournaments and it was obvious that he felt that way when he chose to leave fnatic for SK."