Esports was rocked with a new issue about race this week as the owner of Echo Fox, Rick Fox, resigned from the company after a shareholder exhibited racist epithets toward him and his family. The primary report comes from Dexerto with a follow-up from Newsweek, as Fox sent the message below to everyone involved with the organization letting them know of his intention to leave after being discriminated against by someone who openly called him the N-word, according to the reports.
This is an official notification of my intention to exit the Echo Fox organization as a shareholder and participant as soon as I am able to facilitate a transaction to do so. The recent outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism made by a significant Echo Fox shareholder as well as threats to my family have made it impossible for me to continue to remain associated with the company.
I will not support or be associated with such behaviour and attitudes displayed at the shareholder level. Racism is an anathema to what my personal brand strives for and tolerating any form of discrimination such as this is not acceptable.
This notification serves as the beginning process of exiting the company. I will be contacting all relevant and interested people. My position in the GP and the entity that owns my shares are available. Depending on the proposal there are different ways to structure a deal, acquire my entity, swap positions, etc. Interested parties can contact me. I’m moving on the first deal that sits well.”
Social media blew up as the team was immediately thrust into the spotlight with several organizations they currently play in looking for answers. The team issued the statement on Twitter below about what took place and what they intend to do about it, but organizations such as League Of Legends aren’t waiting for them to take action and have decided to launch their own investigation into the matter. No word yet as to whether any Echo Fox players or teams will be barred from competing until the situation is resolved, that’s a matter for different leagues to decide based on the contracts they’re currently under. But it wouldn’t surprise us if a few players found themselves forcibly benched under ethics clauses.
Regarding the recent news around Echo Fox. pic.twitter.com/P448ZuePNe
— Echo Fox (@echofoxgg) April 26, 2019
We have launched an investigation into the allegations and will respond accordingly, based on available actions within our team agreements and the LCS Rules. -Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner (2/2)
— lolesports (@lolesports) April 26, 2019