TNC Predator star Kuku likely heading to The International

It appears TNC Predator star Carlo "Kuku" Palad will travel to Shanghai for The International 9 this week, after being banned from two tournaments in Chongqing, China, within the last year for racial comments.

While there has not been an official statement from Valve or TNC regarding Kuku's status for Shanghai, Kuku posted a comment Sunday on social media that read, "shanghai ti9!"

Kuku stirred controversy in the Dota community in November by using a racial slur during a public game. It was the same slur that fellow Filipino player and then-compLexity Gaming member Rolen Andrei Gabriel "Skemberlu" Ong had previously offended the Chinese community with during DreamLeague Season 10.

LGD Gaming refused to play with TNC after the incident.

Kuku, who took a personal leave from the squad in December, initially denied that he used the slur. He eventually apologized, but there was backlash from the Chinese community about how the apology was distributed, and event organizer Valve was not pleased with how TNC continued with Kuku and attempted to use social channels to sway public perception.

Valve was further upset with TNC for continuing to use Kuku during qualifying for the Chongqing Major rather than a stand-in, along with a string of tweets from the organization attempting to garner support.

The controversy continued in March when Kuku was not allowed to enter Chongqing for the World Electronic Sports Games.

-- Field Level Media