A representative from the Department of Defense continued by saying that driving to leave their workplace, as well as attending a massage parlor whilst currently in duty, are both violations of the rules. Unfortunately, it was also revealed from Kim Wonjoongs car crash that their coach – as well as four higher soldiers – had been keeping quiet about their nightly getaways for more than a month. These brief trips to the massage parlor had in fact begun back in mid-July, unnoticed by the general public. Kim Wonjoong and the others have also kept quiet about their accident in general in the face of the media, having simply returned to the base, prior to receiving treatment under the radar.
Netizens have been shocked at this kind of news being hidden for more than a month, as well as Kim Wonjoong’s, his coach’s, and fellow soldiers’ decision to keep quiet about such activities. They had broken the rules for around 40 days, though rather than receiving discipline, their upper leaders had sided with them and kept the news quiet. This news further reiterates the lack of proper discipline in the military, as the Army has undergone many difficulties regarding proper security and management.
There’s also the issue that Kim Wonjoong had been under much attention for being Ice Queen Kim Yuna’s boyfriend. Particularly in direct relation to her retirement, fans had been excited that Kim Yuna was finally settling down after her victory, dating and relaxing a bit more. Therefore, he is now receiving criticism, not only about his misdemeanors, but regarding his noncommittal stance towards his relationship with Kim Yuna.