The word was out: Gordon Hayward was the best League of Legends player in professional sports.
A year later, it was clear that Gordon’s title was here to stay.
At the start of the 2015 NBA season, Gordon had a very public showdown with radio personality Colin Cowherd. For months, Cowherd had been poking fun at online gamers mercilessly, deriding eSports for claiming to be a sport at all. Gordon had heard enough. In response to one of Cowherd’s particularly lengthy diatribes that characterized gamers as dorks, he posted the following image across all his social media:
Once again, Gordon’s post spawned a viral response, generating numerous stories about how he had come to his fellow gamers’ defense. It culminated in an appearance on Cowherd’s radio show, where Gordon and Cowherd came to something of an understanding of just how much work being a League of Legends gamer entailed.