Rick Fox reportedly quitting his esports company, alleging racist abuse

Actor and former pro basketball player Rick Fox says he’s leaving Echo Fox, the esports organization he helped found in 2015, in response to racist remarks made by a company shareholder, according to a report by Dexerto.

Dexerto published an email reported to be from Fox to “all major stakeholders” at Echo Fox, in which he alleged “recent outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism made by a significant Echo Fox shareholder as well as threats to my family.” In the email, Fox offered notice of his intention to leave the Echo Fox organization “as a shareholder and participant” as soon as possible.

“I will not support or be associated with such behaviour and attitudes displayed at the shareholder level,” Fox reportedly said. “Racism is an anathema to what my personal brand strives for and tolerating any form of discrimination such as this is not acceptable.”

The racist remarks were allegedly made toward Jace Hall, former CEO of Echo Fox, “in a heated email exchange,” according to Dexerto’s report. The report did not identify the shareholder accused of making the remarks, but indicated that this wasn’t the person’s only racist incident.

Echo Fox originally formed after Rick Fox bought North American League of Legends Championship Series team Gravity Gaming. The organization has since expanded beyond League of Legends to games like Street Fighter 5 and Super Smash Bros., and brought in names like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean. Rick Fox has been a passionate member of the Echo Fox org, traveling to events with his players and frequently attending matches.

Echo Fox has yet to officially announce Rick Fox’s departure. We have reached out to Echo Fox and Rick Fox, and will update the story when the organization responds.

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