The LCS has ruled regarding allegations against an Echo Fox shareholder. (Image courtesy of Echo Fox)
League of Legends LCS Commissioner, Chris Greeley, is giving Echo Fox 60 days to take “appropriate corrective action” following an investigation into “alleged comments made by a member of the Echo Fox ownership group.”
A follow-up tweet makes clear what that action should be: removing all individuals who have violated the rules of the League. As per the tweets, if Echo Fox fails to do so, their continued participation in the LC may be in question.
If Echo Fox does not take action by removing any individuals whose actions violate League rules and agreements within the required time period, the League will take formal action that may adversely impact the future of Echo Fox in the LCS. -Chris Greeley, LCS Commissioner (2/2)
— lolesports (@lolesports) May 15, 2019
The situation was first reported on by Richard Lewis, with Dextero. Lewis reported allegations against an investor with Echo Fox that included the use of racist language. Additionally, Lewis reported that as early as April 19, Rick Fox had issued a statement to Echo Fox stakeholders making clear that the racism exhibited by the shareholder as well as threats aimed at his family had pushed him to begin the process of exiting the company.
Earlier this month, Rick Fox spoke with TMZ Sports, confirming his intention to leave the organization if the investor in question was not removed. Fox said, “I am not looking to go anywhere, but I will not stay in business with a racist.”
Echo Fox provided the Esports Observer with their own statement on April 26. In it, the organization indicated that “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 LCS began investigating the allegations on April 25, with their findings released now, three weeks later. Echo Fox had not responded to the LCS decision at the time of this article’s publication.