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Rick Fox stays with Echo Fox in fight to remove shareholder over racist comments

Organisation founder reverses his decision to exit company

Echo Fox founder Rick Fox has decided to stay at the esports organisation after initially stating he would leave over unchecked racist remarks from a prominent shareholder.

Last month, Fox announced that he would leave the organisation after an "outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism" made by an Echo Fox shareholder.

The shareholder in question, Amit Raizada from Vision Ventures, denies attacking Fox directly. However, speaking with Newsweek earlier this month, a former business associate of his said racially charged outbursts from Raizada weren't uncommon.

"I heard him use the most racial, anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs, they were awful stuff," said Michael Gortenburg, a real-estate manager from Kanas City. "This doesn't surprise me at all."

Fox founded the League of Legends team in 2015, and has long been an outspoken advocate of esports in mainstream culture.

Speaking on the GG Podcast, co-hosted by Fox, the former NBA champion explained his change of heart, describing the shareholder in question as "socially deaf, blind, and dumb."

"For me I think it's important, not only when there is injustice in society, that we not only point to it, that we not only expose, not only put a light a light on it, that we don't stand for it," he said.

"But at times, if you don't pick up the fight yourself, there's a chance that situation, or that individual, may go on to hurt others. They may go on to continue to think it's okay to conduct themselves that way.

"So I made the decision that I'm going to fight, I'm going to stand in this situation, and I'm going to fight to the last bone of marrow that I have in this situation, to get this person out of Echo Fox, to get this company in a situation where it moves forward."

Earlier this month, the League of Legends Championship Series advised Echo Fox to separate itself from the shareholder.

"The LCS has concluded its preliminary investigation into the alleged comments made by a member of the Echo Fox ownership group," said LCS commissioner Chris Greely.

"Hate speech, threats, and bigotry have no place in the LCS. We have directed Echo Fox to take appropriate corrective action within 60 days."

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