Just to give a quick briefing about what I am going to discuss, the "Complex" at Jungle Island in Lake Elsinore had a tournament today for free entry to NPPL Huntington Beach. Sean Walker has once again, proved to be immoral and display nothing but improper business ethics and disgrace to the paintball community.
Tournament held today - http://www.paintball-blog.allpaintba...ournament.html
Alright, so here is the issue that arose, I'll try to keep it sweet and simple as I also hate reading a lot of stuff.. With that said..
- Only two teams showed up to this event, yes that's correct two. The winner out of the two teams gets free entry to Huntington Beach. A total of six games was supposed to be played with field purchased paint and the roster was to be of d3/d2 status. Meaning two division2 players allowed on the roster at max. With that said, the games began as no ID's were checked or any sort of verification at all asked for. Half way through the games (We were now playing 10 instead of six, I have no idea why) the score was 4-2. At which point we noticed "Robbie Pettinelli" from such teams as Russian Legion, Aftermath, and Balitimore Trauma, gearing up and ready to play. It just so happens that he was playing the previous games, all that which the other team had lost. However, since they lost two in a row, they decided to put Robbi back in the game. Now I'm not saying Robbi shot all seven people by all means but having the communication skills and knowledge of a pro player on the field and playing in the game is different then having him give you advice or tell you a strategy for the game then walking off the field. Anyhow, once he plays, sure enough the other team gets rolled, the team I was playing with. As soon as we noticed who this guy was (Robbi was wearing an old jt/wgp jersey with some other guys name on it) We talked to the field staff/ person in charge of operations. Both team captains met to discuss the matter and the captain of Robbi's team admitted to "Knowing they had an illegal roster going into the event." With that said, from my understanding, they had the intent of cheating and were more then successful in doing so. The staff of the event agreed and said he will call Sean Walker to see what shall come of the situation. Sean then pretty much literally stated that it didn't matter and just play best of 3 now and start from scratch. Robbie Pettinelli also informed us that he was told it was quote "ok to play the event from Sean Walker." The complex had a deal with NPPL to give a free entry in return for letting the referees get a feel for the layout. On top of an illegal roster, the team (individuals from Sean Walkers Camp Pendelton Paintball Park) were not even shooting "orange" event paint. All 100% of them had blue fill premium and not the orange XO paint that was sold and being advertised. After the legitimate team who actually paid for entry and bought field paint as the rules stated, Sean now had the nerve to tell them to take it or leave it. We (the team who is getting BS'd) wanted to leave asking for more then nothing but our entry fee back as we were upset of the outcome and didn't want to continue with play as we didn't have enough paint and were low on funds to purchase more. Also, we obviously didn't agree with Sean's ruling as he stated that it "doesn't matter that they have an illegal roster, they still aren't disqualified". As he said the NPPL rulebook said so. That's very odd I thought, here the NPPL Rulebook states something that I though was of relevance..
- 23.08 Disqualification plus Forfeiture. A team will be disqualified from an NPPL Super 7 World Series tournament and will forfeit all points from the tournament to respective opposing teams for the following Rules violations:
(1) Prohibited Player. Playing with a prohibited player (due to the player not appearing on the roster, appearance on another teamís roster, suspension or other ineligibility).
Also, another one for paint that's not of much importance but just for fun
- 23.06 One-Year Suspension. Any player or team that violates Rule 21.07 shall be prohibited from competing in any NPPL tournament for a period of up to one year from the date of the infraction. Examples of rules violations likely to lead to civil or criminal exposure include, but are not limited to the use of Prohibited Paint, velocity violations, and verbal or physical abuse.
Anyways, since they weren't going to give us our money back, we were forced to play after we thought we had an agreement out of Robbi Pettinelli's mouth saying that they don't care who wins and we will be awarded free entry to HB as long as we stay and practice them because they drove up here (from Sean's Camp Pendelton Park) just to scrimmage us. After Robbi's team got caught riding dirty, they went back on there word and we lost the first 2 games which led to us losing the event. Although Robbi didn't play as he was now "informed"
of the rules, these games shouldn't have even have been played and were only done since we were given a "all or nothing" situation.
There is so much more to say but typing and reading on the internet isn't something I enjoy as I'm sure you do as well. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to post up and I will respond promptly. With this said,
Sean Walker, you are a shady individual that most have come to not respect in the Paintball community. Your business ethics is unethical and you have constantly proven to create huge upsets for many people whether big or small. I feel it's very unfortunate for the paintball community to have such an individual as you represent a big role in the industry. You have again and again showed your are incapable of such a task and ultimately only hurting our sport. If you at all had a heart, sole, or ethical business practices, you would have done what was right instead of lying and swindling the legitimate team. With that said, trying to be polite as possible, PLEASE GO DRINK SOME BLEACH AND DO EVERYONE A FAVOR.