Team Liquid announced on Tuesday that they had released Brazilian coach Rafael "mav" Loureiro Freitas following a two-month-long investigation into allegations of domestic abuse made by Mav's ex-girlfriend. Mav served as TL's Rainbow Six Seige coach from September 2020 until he was suspended on January 6, 2021.
"On January 6, 2021 we confirmed that we were assessing public allegations against Rafael 'Mav' Loureiro Freitas, this assessment is now complete," Team Liquid said in a statement on Twitter. "As a result of our findings, Mav has been released from Team Liquid effective immediately. . . The assessment found enough evidence to reasonably conclude that Mav's past actions and behavior had violated Team Liquid's values and code of conduct."
"We appreciate those who shared their experiences, so we could take the right steps," Team liquid said in a follow-up tweet. "We're dedicated to supporting communities in and outside of TL - so we'll also be donating to Rio de Janeiro nonprofit CEPIA, which supports women's rights and empowerment."
For his part, Mav released a Twitlonger in which he said, "I respect their decision and apologize to anyone I disappointed in some way and to my colleagues at Liquid that believed in my work and who I have immense admiration."
He concluded by declaring his free agency and noting some of his accomplishments in Rainbow Six esports.
Mav is the latest esports and gaming personality to be released after allegations of domestic abuse. Over the past few years, numerous women have come forward to make allegations again various esports players and personalities.
In the summer of 2020, dozens of women came forward to speak about their experience with sexism and harassment in the games industry, an issue that still continues in 2021.
Domestic abuse was rightfully taken quite seriously by Team Liquid after Brazilian professional Call of Duty: Mobile player, Ingrid "Sol," was murdered by a male pro player. The brutal murder shined a much-needed light on violence towards women in Brazil. According to the IPEA's Atlas of Violence 2020, more than 4,500 women were murdered in Brazil in 2018 alone.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.