G2 Esports CEO and co-founder, Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodriguez, was recently caught partying with notorious liar on the internet and the generic part of shit, Andrew Tate. The news caused a huge backlash on social media, and of course League of Legends pro decided to tweet through it. “No one will be able to control my friendship,” he Written. “I party with whoever I want.” Less than 24 hours later, Rodriguez announced he was taking two months of unpaid leave.
How exactly did people find out that Rodriguez was drinking champagne with Tate, a subject of Romania’s ongoing investigation into human trafficking, who was also recently removed from Facebook, TikTok, Twitch and YouTube for hate speech? Well, for Rodriguez posted a video about himself and a host of others, including Tate and his brother, Tristan Tate, circling champagne and fireworks after G2 finished in second place recently at the League of Legends Championship Summer European Voices.
Rodriguez was immediately called a joke by many online corners with an asshole, while parts of the world of e-sports come to protect him.
Instead of backing down, the CEO addressed the situation later that day in a tweet implying that he and Andrew Tate were friends. “No one will be able to control my friendship, I draw my boundaries here,” it wrote. “I party with whoever I want.”
The next morning, he removed the text, apologizing to fans and G2 Esports supporters for “unreading the room”.
“Many G2 fans were disappointed this weekend, which has created confusion about what I stand for,” the head of the organization Written. He continued:
My consistent goal has always been to represent absolute equality of opportunity no matter who you are or where you come from, that’s the point of the game. Make no mistake, my life is full of learning and I have given my fair share of situations I have encountered in the past. I have failed to properly read this room, feel terrible about the discussions it generates and will stand up and accept the full consequences.
G2 Esports makes its own statement announced that its supervisory board and Rodriguez agreed that the CEO should take eight weeks of unpaid leave. “We let you down last night,” the organization wrote, claiming Rodriguez’s actions were in stark contrast to the hard work they’ve done to make esports a reality. safe and inclusive time.
Notably, however, neither Rodriguez nor G2 denounced Tate even as an organization recently announced all its first women League of Legends team. The “”King of toxic masculinity”, Tate regularly gloats about abusing women and treating them as property, and encourages his male fans to do the same. E-sports has a long and rife history of racism, sexism, and all kinds of vile attitudes and behaviors, and this incident is the best example in a while. time on why this space is still unwelcome for so many people.
Despite removing G2 Esports from his Twitter bio, replacing his handle with a “relief” emoji, and transforming his avatar into a phoenix during his rebirth, Rodriguez still has no problem with any of that. Or maybe he’s just afraid of appearing completely surrendered in the face of G2 supporters, who also have no problem with misogyny. I wonder that League of Legends new president, Lil Nas Xthink.
Rodriguez and G2 Esports did not immediately respond to requests for comment.