That's his fault for getting himself banned then. You're only sticking up for him because of his allegiances.
The opt out was not something I was fond of but it was there for democratic reasons, making ACC a democratic contest.
No. I was never a friend of his, and I've had many fights with him which I believe those in moderation can attest to.
I've always been against the ACC and have stated it many times over many years. I foresaw it becoming ever more antagonistic and always saw it as organized bullying. I'll stand up for bullied people even when I don't like them. I never liked Clay Death or Start da Game. But I could see that although they did not want to be part of the ACC their non participation was an irritant.
Something being democratic does not make it right. A majority of people may want to discriminate against a minority or even kill a minority. You can take a vote on it and perhaps it will win by a landslide. That's why there are limits on what people are allowed to do even though a majority approves.