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Rick Fox, a former NBA star and owner of eSports team Echo Fox, has announced that he will be leaving the organisation following an “abhorrent display of pure racism” and threats against his family from a shareholder.
The incident, which was unveiled by an email acquired by Dextero, was later confirmed by Echo Fox, and will be investigated by the North American League of Legends eSports authoritative body. The lengthy statement released by Echo Fox reads: “There have been incidents in recent weeks in which a limited partner of the Echo Fox organization, who is not an employee, officer or director of Echo Fox, used a racial epithet towards individuals both verbally and via email. One such incident was detailed in media accounts today. And although that incident was not directed towards an employee, officer, member or shareholder of Echo Fox, racial intolerance connected to Echo Fox is entirely unacceptable.”
The statement continues to reveal that this isn’t the first time the shareholder in question has been reported for such behaviour: “There have been other reported incidents where the shareholder in question used this same vile language towards Rick Fox personally. These incidents are especially significant for us as Echo Fox boasts an unparalleled level of diversity in its principal ownership group, management, leadership and player base. Upon being made aware of the incidents, the Company has made various demands to the offending investor, including the investor’s disassociation from the company and we are continuing to work diligently towards this end.”
Chris Greely, the commissioner for LCS, revealed on Twitter that an investigation has been launched: “We are aware of recent allegations of a team owner using offensive and discriminatory language. The LCS believes in creating a fair and inclusive environment for everyone and the alleged comments are contrary to our values and have no place in our league. We have launched an investigation into the allegations and will respond accordingly, based on available actions within our team agreements and the LCS Rules.”
Echo Fox is an established organisation that serves as one of the 10 teams in the League Championship Series. Their growth continued when Fox purchased the Gravity Gaming LCS slot four years ago, after which they branched out into a number of fighting titles such as Injustice, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros. amongst others.