After our initial report that former NBA star Rick Fox was looking to step away from his esports team Echo Fox over alleged racist comments from a shareholder towards the end of April, TheGamer has since obtained new information. This new material brings to light that Fox wasn't the only victim of said shareholder's abuse.
The investor, now known to be Amit Raizada, racially abused Fox, threatening the ex-Lakers player and his family, while fellow investors were targeted as well.
Screenshots of a conversation between Raizada and another investor, David Vittor, show the former resorting to anti-semitism during a very unprofessional argument.
The screenshots, sent to TheGamer by a source, are shown below. Be warned that they contain offensive language.
It should be noted that Raizada's number is not displayed in any of the above screenshots and it's quite easy to set whatever name one wants for a contact, but these screenshots were sent from a reputable source.
Fox, meanwhile, outlined his issues with Raizada in an email on April 19.
“This is an official notification of my intention to exit the Echo Fox organization as a shareholder and participant as soon as I am able to facilitate a transaction to do so,” he wrote in said email, obtained by Dexerto's Richard Lewis. “The 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.
“I will not support or be associated with such behavior and attitudes displayed at the shareholder level. Racism is an anathema to what my personal brand strives for and tolerating any form of discrimination such as this is not acceptable.”
We'll have more on the story as it develops.