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Grant “Twiggy” Baker has been banned from Maverick’s event

Grant "Twiggy" Baker


The call was made by Cartel Management, the group currently holding the license for the Mavs contest, and its decision-making body, the “Committee 5,” which includes Jeff Clark, Darryl “Flea” Virostko, Matt Ambrose, Shawn Rhodes and Ion Banner. When reached for comment, Cartel offered only a boilerplate, prepared press statement:

“Grant Baker was removed from the 2015 event season by the unanimous vote of the Committee 5. Their difficult decision came by recognizing that he violated certain criteria benchmarks which were in direct violation(s) of not only the procedural protocol set by the organization itself, but on a deeper level put other athletes and their involvement at risk by being associated with a petition in which was circulating on the behalf of Mr. Baker to challenge the C5’s decision on matters pertaining to the framework of their event protocol for the selection process.”

Stab have published the full story here, which dives deep into the details of the two time champ’s ban from the event. But the bottom line reveals that it was the South African charger’s support of fellow Mavericks champion, Peter Mel, that earned Twiggy the suspension. Mel was similarly banned from the event due to conflicts of interest with the organisers, and Twiggy was hoping to see Mel re-instated so that he himself could compete against the very best in the world.

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