LA Thieves franchise player Kenny “Kenny” Williams has given his perspective on what happened with his teammate, Cuyler “Huke” Garland at the Stage 4 Major.
Kenny joined the popular Call of Duty League podcast “The Flank” hosted by former player Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto to talk about current issues around the league, including those on his own team. One of the main points addressed was the LA Thieves carousel of roster changes. The latest change adds veteran Jonathan “John” Perez to the team ahead of Stage 5.
Kenny touched on the team’s internal issues, but focused primarily on what happened with Huke during the Stage 4 Major in Arlington, Texas. All players and support staff were required to take COVID-19 tests multiple times throughout the event. Huke allegedly misspelled his name on his COVID-19 test, invalidating it. That forced LA Thieves to play with substitute Zach “Drazah” Jordan on short notice.
Huke forgets ID, misspells name, and shows up to the event late
According to Kenny, the teams were supposed to show up at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas before 1:00 pm. Kenny said that Huke sent him a text 10 minutes before the event saying that he had just called an Uber. This made him late for their practice which took place on-site, scheduled before their official match.
>> Is this an honest mistake, or ignorance? pic.twitter.com/RgczYWtCcA
— The Flank (@TheFlank) June 24, 2021
Kenny went on to say that Huke forgot to bring his ID with him for the COVID-19 test and misspelled his name on the online form. He emphasized that the LA Thieves organization made sure that both of their substitutes were tested and at the event on time. This furthered the frustrations in the camp that was already on the brink after a turbulent season.
Huke will not be playing for the upcoming weekend of the CDL Stage 5 groups. It is unclear if he is done with the team completely or will return to the roster in the future. Upcomer reached out to LA Thieves for comment on the situation, but they have not responded at the time of publication.