On September 6, Jeon Won wrote an article about the blackmail controversy involving Big Hit Entertainment. The agency revealed to have been blackmailed by CEO Lee of a marketing and contracting firm with threats stating he'll reveal information about the agency's alleged illegal marketing practices.
At the end of the article, Jeon Won added a statement about BTS' win at '2017 Billboard Music Awards'. The reporter stated,
"With the accusations of illegal marketing practices, BTS' eligibility for the 'Top Social Artist' award comes to suspicion. The winner of the award is determined by the hashtag votes and BTS has received more than 300 million. However, some netizens are now questioning the legitimacy. If the marketing took place with the use of part-time employees (to increase votes), then it'll be fair for BTS to return the trophy."
ARMYs all over the globe have become extremely angry at Jeon Won's cheating accusations. Fans commented, "You're the only one suspicious about BTS' win at 'BBMA'. You have looked down on our hard dedication", "Um no, I did not get a hand cramp every day voting for BTS 'BBMA' to have their name slandered. Don't mess with BTS/ARMY", "The article better be deleted because this is straight up defamation."
Fans are strongly demanding an apology and the hashtag #엑스포츠_전원기자_사과해 (#Xportsnews_reporter Jeonwon_apologize) has quickly become a #1 worldwide trend on Twitter.