Nearly one full week after being fired from TSM, coach Zhang "Peter Zhang" Yi has published a Twitlonger sharing his perspective on his termination and the subsequent reports of financial irregularities playing a large part in the organization's decision.
Peter Zhang begins the post by saying he was going to remain quiet after his termination, but that the report by Dexerto's Richard Lewis forced his hand to clear the air in certain aspects of the situation surrounding his firing.
The first facet that Peter Zhang mentions is the part of the report that states he acted as an agent-like figure for Taiwanese and Chinese professional players signed by TSM across the last two years, taking a cut of their salary upon the finalization of those players' contracts with the organization.
Peter Zhang stated that he had suggested young Chinese talents this off-season to TSM, specifically in the case of mid laner Zhu "Keaiduo" Xiong and support Wei "Shenyi" Zi-Jie, but that his authority on those signings did not go beyond suggestion. The former TSM coach also denied that he ever took any agent-like position or related service fee in any signing by the organization.
In regards to money former Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Chieh, who had asked Peter Zhang to sell his car on his behalf after the former TSM support had returned to China to play for Weibo Gaming in 2022. Peter Zhang restated what he had told Dexerto, which was that medical issues affecting his grandmother affected his ability to pay SwordArt with the original funds as some of them had gone to medical bills.
Peter Zhang apologized to all players affected by his actions, but mentioned SwordArt by name multiple times as well as the specifics surrounding the nature of their personal dealings.
Peter Zhang closed out the Twitlonger stating that TSM no longer felt the same to him this year as previous years, and that departure of key organizational figures had resulted in unfair player blame, especially towards Keiaduo and Shenyi, as well as a breakdown in communication to him from the organization about the issues leading to his termination, which resulted in him having to defend himself publicly as an individual.