Just weeks after the Zagabond fiasco, the Zunkz NFT project finds itself embroiled in drama again. This time it’s up to an NFT content creator who has made some serious allegations against the admins of the Zunks project. A day later, one of the admins came out not only to refute the claims, but to promise that there will be a “legal consequence” for the claims made.
Which started the conflict between Zunkz and Jason Cline
Basically, the drama started with a tweet from Jason Cline (@Jclineshow), the social media content creator and owner of CryptoPhunks. Cline, who creates NFT-related content on TikTok and YouTube, tweeted a video that breaks down what he calls a scam. In essence, he claimed that the four Zunkz administrators paid themselves $450,000 from the Zunkz treasury. He also claimed that the four bought a Goblintown NFT for $250,000.
Significantly, he claimed that this money came from Zunkz’s treasury. The project received $1.7 million from its founder, Zagabond. This came after a scandal surrounding various “failed” NFT projects that Zagabond had set up before Azuki was formed. In fact, many in the NFT space referred to Zagabond as a series carpet puller after the revelations broke.
Zunkz Twitter account and admin tweet strong statements disproving the claims
About a day after Cline’s first tweet, Zunkz’s Twitter account was made public a thread vehemently denies his claims. The thread provides counts for each of its points and presents them as completely wrong.
Significantly, Cline appeared to be using Discord messages from zxv, a member of the Zunkz core team, as his main source of evidence. Well, zxv doesn’t take this lightly. As per the above note tweeted by zxv, the Zunkz admin even went so far as to take legal action against Cline.
zxv wrote: “It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when this will have legal consequences.”
Is a Feud Between CryptoPunk Derivative Projects Looming?
Notably, many of the people who shared Cline’s tweet and highlighted his claims were CryptoPhunks owners. Obviously there is bad blood between the two communities. It is important to note that CryptoPhunks was one of the other projects that decoupled from Zagabond.
It is clear from the thread that dxv sees the claims as an attempt by some phunks to slander the Zunkz. To illustrate, the Zunkz admin closed the thread by taking a shot at the CryptoPhunks. As he stated
“Leave the fuck alone, we’re here to turn Zunkz into a billion-dollar project, not some fucking bogus ‘movement.'”
All in all, we probably haven’t heard the last of this drama. Especially when you consider how fiercely the initial claims were made against Zunks and one of the admins is now promising legal consequences. Whether that is the case remains to be seen. In any case, NFT disputes that quickly become personal are nothing new.