Journalist Richard Lewis penned a report for Dexerto about Rick Fox parting ways from the Echo Fox e-sports organization after one of the shareholders sent multiple e-mail messages using racial epithets about Rick Fox and former Echo Fox CEO, Jace Hall. Echo Fox has teams across a wide number of games, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Tekken, Dragon Ball and League of Legends. However, the news is being censored on the League of Legends sub-reddit in order to suppress any mention of Richard Lewis or Dexerto.
It started with a tweet from Lewis, who informed the e-sports community at large about his report on Dexerto, which detailed how Rick Fox was selling his shares and stepping away from the Echo Fox brand due to another shareholder there using racial epithets.
This story is as crazy as it is disgusting… My first for Dexerto. Rick Fox set to leave Echo Fox following racial abuse from shareholder.https://t.co/jf8tkUsEaI
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) April 25, 2019
Over on Dexerto they shared Fox’s e-mail from April 19th, 2019, where he wrote…
“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.”
The racial epithets were aimed at both Rick Fox and Jace Hall, and so Fox decided to pack up his bags from Echo Fox.
The article was also later updated with a statement from Echo Fox management, who acknowledged that the shareholder had been using racially charged language against Rick Fox and Jace Hall, with the statement reading…
“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. 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.”
The news initially was posted over on the League of Legends sub-reddit since there is a League of Legends team part of the Echo Fox organization. However, the moderators had all the links removed. So the only way to post up about the news was to mention in brief that Rick Fox was leaving over a racist shareholder.
Richard Lewis points out that due to the moderator corruption from the League of Legends sub-reddit, they’re removing and deleting any mention of his name in association with the story. This dates back to a longstanding history of enmity between Lewis and the moderators being at odds with one another, which was detailed in a video from back in April of 2015.
For years the mods at r/leagueoflegends have lied about deleting my name from the subreddit. Here’s proof for you guys that they do it. Meanwhile @reddit completely condone volunteers on their site stealing my work and denying me and the publishers credit. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/gP14Wieu0o
— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) April 25, 2019
It’s true. All discussion about the Dexerto article or Richard Lewis is being censored and removed from the sub-reddit.
If you visit the Removeddit link you’ll find that in the initial post 44% of the comments were removed, namely anything mentioning the Dexerto report, Richard Lewis’ name, or the censorship being carried out by the moderators.
They did, however, allow users to post links to tweets from the League of Legends LCS Commissioner, Chris Greeley, who acknowledged Lewis’ report on Dexerto, and stated that they would be launching a full investigation into the allegations.
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
However, once again if you head to Removeddit.com, you’ll see that they removed 33.3% of the comments from the thread, ensuring that anyone who mentions Richard Lewis, the website link, or the censorship being carried out by the moderators.
People genuinely confused about the out-of-context tweets asking about more information or links are also being censored.
This is all part of the continued efforts from Social Justice Warriors to stifle and reshape the news by utilizing information control to prevent certain people or sources from spreading through certain social media portals.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)