Is SM Entertainment To Blame For NCT Taeil’s Accident?

We wish for his speedy and safe recovery.

Fans and netizens are currently debating whether SM Entertainment has any blame for NCT Taeil‘s recent accident.

NCT’s Taeil | SM Entertainment

On August 15, SM Entertainment announced that Taeil would suspend all activities following an accident on his motorcycle, including his participation in the upcoming collective NCT concert, NCT NATION: To The World.

| Kwangya Club

Hello, we would like to inform you about NCT Taeil’s health and future schedule. On the morning of August 15, Taeil got into a car accident while riding his motorcycle home after his schedule. He was immediately taken to the hospital for a thorough examination and treatment.

As a result of the examination, he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right thigh and received the opinion of the medical staff that he needed surgery. Currently, he is recovering and receiving the necessary treatment ahead of the surgery.

With this, he will suspend all schedules for the time being to concentrate on treatment and recovery. We ask for fans’ understanding that he will not be able to attend the NCT concert, ‘NCT NATION: To The World’, on August 26.

We sincerely apologize for causing concern to fans with the sudden news. We will put the artist’s health first and focus on Taeil’s recovery so that he can meet fans again soon. Thank you.

— SM Entertainment via Kwangya Club

The announcement mentions that the accident occurred early in the morning of the 15th, a detail that stuck out to many fans. As NCT prepare for their comeback, several members have mentioned long practices and late finishing times, which are too standard for any group.

Because of this, some have wondered if SM Entertainment is at all to blame for Taeil’s accident.

| SM Entertainment

Fans have shared their opinion that companies should be responsible for transporting their idols after schedules, especially those that end at odd hours. In SM’s case, one fan pointed out that even regular employees have support for designated driving listed as one of the perks on its career website.

On the other hand, netizens have disagreed with blaming SM, as accidents can happen at any given time to anyone.

Despite this, many still think that SM playing a more proactive role than has been portrayed would have prevented the accident from occurring, regardless of any other circumstances.

Over the last year, fans of SM Entertainment groups have criticized the company for its alleged mismanagement and overworking of groups, including NCT, likely leading to debates like these.

What do you think?