Playing for Boston Red Legion has been the highlight of my career since joining the team in 2008. Deciding to leave the team and my teammates, who I played with for so long, was a very tough choice and one I still think about. I wanted to clear some things up that people are confused about or just don’t know the real information.
All the players who have left Boston Red Legion over these past few months, including myself, did not get cut. I just want to shed light on the team and tell people a story. Matt Blonski, Kostia Fedorov, Mishka Kniazev, Sergei Solnishkov and myself all left on our own will. These plans were talked about before the team even showed up to World Cup. At the time, there was a lot of drama within the team and between the club that nobody knew about unless you were apart of the club. The club was asking players for things that just weren’t realistic; we just had enough of all of it. That’s why we decided to leave. We originally had plans to all start our own team and at times it seemed like it was 100% going to happen. There were a lot of ifs and buts. I can’t speak for all the players in this move but for myself if you wait too long these opportunities to go to other teams would be lost and I would have been stranded. I 100% stick by my decision and am very, very happy with where I have landed, Tampa Bay Damage.
I loved playing with Russian Legion and already miss the players, the coaches, and especially Tarando! I do want to thank everyone who was involved with the club because I don’t have bad blood with anyone in the organization. I just felt it was time to take the next step in my career and move to Tampa Bay Damage. I’m always excited about a new year in paintball but for me this year is different. I am ecstatic to play with my new team and start a fresh year. I have never been this excited to play paintball again! I wish Boston Red Legion the best of luck in 2012 and future years as I’m sure this team will stay competitive!