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Rick Fox Leaving Echo Fox Over Shareholder’s Racism and “Vile Language”

On Thursday, Dexerto published a report claiming that Rick Fox, owner of Echo Fox, resigned from the esports organization. In the report, a letter supposedly sent by Fox to members of Echo Fox states that “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.”

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The report also claims that the shareholder used the “n-word” when describing Jace Hall, the former CEO of Echo Fox and that it wasn’t the “only time” inappropriate language was used by the shareholder.

In a statement to Newsweek, an Echo Fox representative said “ 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.” Though the incident was not directed at 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.” Once aware of the situation, Echo Fox “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.”

Echo Fox has multiple teams in different esports, including a roster in the League of Legends LCS. Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner under the @lolesports account responded to the accusations, saying that they have “launched an investigation.”

Rick Fox has been a staple of the esports scene since purchasing an LCS slot in 2015. Echo Fox has been a strong supporter of the esports scene, having teams in Apex Legends, Fortnite and Madden. There roster also sponsors fighting game players like Dominique “Sonicfox” Mclean and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. It is currently unclear what the future holds for Echo Fox or its members.

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