First thing Sunday Morning, redditors were treated to an attempted Witch Hunt, sensationalist title and all.
The poster claims Ray filled out the match slip 2-0 in his own favor despite losing the win-and-in match before the Top 8 cut. When the head judge refused to re-pair the Top 8 after Ray told the judge staff that his opponent actually won, Ray didn't drop from the tournament and was "condescending toward [his] anger [sic]".
Ray's side of the story is that his opponent filled out the slip, Ray just signed his name, said "Good luck in the Top 8" and when the Top 8 was announced, Ray found his opponent and went to the head judge to set the record straight. When they reufsed to correct it, calling the match slip "binding", Ray would not have benefitted his opponent by dropping because doing so would not have put his opponent in Top 8.
Both parties agree that Ray's opponent signed the match slip without double-checking the results.
I am reporting on this as dispassionately as I can considering people who don't even know Ray were accused of some sort of Pro-Perez bias by the reddit lynch mob.
At the risk of being accused of bias myself, don't all of the most compelling arguments accuse people of trying to abridge their free speech by disagreeing with them?
Whether or not I think Ray didn't cheat intentionally or his opponent and some of the more easily-led readers of /r/spikes think he did, there are some facts here and let's stick to them.
- No one disputes that Ray never lied to the judge staff about the result of the match, or even that he went to the head judge when the results were announced
- Ray's opponent would not have made Top 8 if Ray had dropped, despite lots of people saying Ray should have for "integrity"
- A /r/spikes moderator removed the thread
By the time Ray showed up to defend himself, the pitchforks were mostly put away.
The issue raised by this incident isn't whether Ray intentionally filled out the match slip and cheated. Since Ray didn't lie to the judges when they asked who won there was a chance to change the results so lying on the match slip would have been irrelevant. Everyone in the thread was surprised that the head judge didn't change the result when it came out that Ray lost before the Top 8 was seated. If everyone was surprised that the head judge didn't just fix the issue, was Ray's plan to say he won on the match slip then not make Top 8 later when they fixed it? No, it seems like the issue here is whether the head judge should have fixed the mistake when it was caught. The match slip would have been irrelevant, but since the head judge did not correct the mistake, the (by his own admission) inexperienced OP assumes Ray knew that the judge wouldn't correct the match slip.
A second issue is whether Ray should have refused to play in a Top 8 the head judge assigned him to play in. What do you think? Would dropping have shown "integrity" or would it have been a meaningless gesture since OP would have not been added to the Top 8 when Ray dropped? Leave it in the comments section.
Let's not blame the victim here; a person who earned the right to play in a Top 8 was not allowed to. Was it through no fault of his own, though? He signed a match slip and allowed a judge to take it without checking that the information on the match slip was correct. If you win a match, never, ever put your signature on the match slip until you have visually verified that the person who won was credited with the win an that the correct number of game wins are printed on the slip. If you won, don't let the loser take the slip up. It's the winner's responsibility to make sure the match slip is correct because the winner is the person who wants to be credited with the win.
So what do we think? Should the head judge have changed the results once Ray verified that his opponent won the match? Should Ray have dropped despite the fact that this would not have remedied the situation? Do you have any good "match slip error" stories? Leave it below.