Atlanta Reign’s Dogman calls Dallas Fuel’s Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins ‘incompetent,’ rips coach for Team USA roster picks

LOS ANGELES — If there was any lingering confusion about what Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman meant by his comments made toward Dallas Fuel head coach Aaron “Aero” Atkins Saturday after his match, he quickly cleared them up in a news conference.

“He’s a nice guy, I just think he’s incompetent,” Dogman told reporters shortly after Atlanta beat Dallas, 3-1, at The Novo.

Moments earlier, in a post-match interview on stage, Dogman expressed his displeasure with Aero’s Team USA roster selection. Four Atlanta players are American, but none are in the running for Team USA, which will compete in the 2019 Overwatch World Cup in November at BlizzCon.

The 12 finalists were announced at the end of June, but Dogman said three Atlanta-eligible players didn’t make it past phase one of the selection process. Dogman declined to name the players.

Aero said he didn’t hear what Dogman said on stage after the match, and Dogman didn’t face reporters until after the Fuel’s media availability.

But Aero did speak about the selection process.

“We did a full tryout process,” Aero said, “and even though those guys weren’t picked, we tried to make it as even a playing field for everybody that came out, because South Korea and the U.S. are the two (countries) that have by far the most players in the Overwatch League that are from one country

“And so we had a ton of players to try out and go for it, and just happened to not be them.”

Dogman’s thoughts about Aero’s coaching ability were not limited to just World Cup roster selection, though.

“Also on his coaching of Dallas Fuel for sure,” he said.

Nathan “FRD” Goebel, who stood next to Dogman during Atlanta’s post-match media availability, told Dogman that he didn’t need to answer further questions about the Fuel’s coach, which is, of course, true.
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