Former KRÜ Esports Coach Onur Fails to Produce Vaccine Record, Faces Deportation
The Argentine coach announces he is a free agent after losing job over vaccine hesitancy
Former KRÜ Esports coach Rodrigo “Onur” Dalmagro has revealed that he may be deported from Brazil, after he refused to provide mandatory vaccination records to Brazilian authorities to enter the country. In a Twitlonger post, titled “Free Agent (yet again)” Onur revealed that he was no longer linked with LOUD, and is now a free agent and open to offers. Onur also added that he was open to exploring all regions and positions, and that he was free to travel as long as vaccination against Covid-19 was not a requirement.
The Argentine also claimed that he was not anti-vaccine, but was against the idea of vaccine passports.
LOUD calls off negotiations after social media outrage
Earlier on January 3, Onur took to Twitter to disclose he was being deported from Brazil for not providing an updated Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Onur, who was reportedly in advanced negotiations with Brazilian team LOUD, said neither he nor the organization was aware of the new regulations, including proof of vaccination for foreigners, introduced recently by the State of Brazil.
Among his many views online, Onur expressed his intentions to remain committed to his thinking even if it meant he would lose out on a job opportunity.
“Vaccines, especially in risk groups, are necessary and a good thing. Health passports no. I am willing to lose a job to be consistent with my thinking. I will not give in. They won’t break me,” he wrote on Twitter, evoking mixed responses from the Twitterati and sparking a debate online. While most Brazilian fans and personalities berated Onur’s take on vaccine passports, some of them pointed out that he was just against the health passports.
Onur also clarified that he never hid the fact that he was unvaccinated and his intentions of remaining so from LOUD. According to him, the Brazilian organization was initially happy to help him despite the threat of deportation, but allegedly took a different approach after seeing the outrage on social media, in a move that he understands and respects.. Onur also confirms that he did not have a signed contract with LOUD and that they were only engaged in advanced negotiations.
Onur claims that he is not against vaccines
I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-health passport, which is not the same thing. Those who have always followed me, know my position. I have spoken about this in the past and they understand when I tell them that I am being consistent with my beliefs,”Rodrigo “Onur” Dalmagro
Inviting people to read into his stance, Onur quoted a website called “Great Barrington Declaration”, an open letter on the physical and mental health impacts of the Covid-19 policies.
Calling out the response online “toxic, excessive and unfair,” he pondered why there was so much vitriol on the topic instead of people being open to debate ideas. He also added that he hopes that people would start being tolerant towards the opinions of others.
Onur parted ways with KRÜ Esports in the second week of December 2021, after having a successful run at Valorant Champions, where they managed to reach semifinals, after defeating giants like FNATIC and Sentinels.