Olivia R. May 10, 2019
"This has been my passion. I'm not looking to go anywhere. But I will not stay in a business with a racist."
That was Echo Fox's owner, Rick Fox, talking to TMZ Sports about Vision Esports' Amit Raizada. Despite investing millions of dollars into Echo Fox, Raizada doesn't seem to be getting along too well with Fox or his other financial partners. In fact, Raizada admitted to calling Echo Fox's former CEO, Jace Hall, a racial epithet.
In response, Fox said he will only stay with the organization he founded if Raizada leaves.
Hard evidence, harsh language
It has now come to light that Raizada, an Echo Fox shareholder, has sent emails that also threaten Fox and his family. According to Dexerto, the email is part of an ongoing dispute over Fox's desire to leave Echo Fox and pursue other projects. Raizada allegedly requested that Fox stay with the company in an ambassadorial role.
“[There will be] NO DEAL ON ANYTHING AND IF RICK DOES NOT DO HIS DUITIES ILL PERSONALLY FUCK HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE," the final email from Raizada read.
Echo Fox had mentioned incidents of "vile language towards Rock Fox" and his family back in April, when the news first broke. But Dexerto couldn't verify those claims until now, in the most recent update, which included the above email.
When Raizada was first accused of using racial slurs and threatening Fox's future, Raizada's legal representative denied all allegations. He said the claims of threats were "simply false," and then mentioned that the two have been friends for 20 years.
But now there is evidence of the types of emails Raizada was sending. In response to the new leaked emails, he stated, "In a heated and contentious email exchange with Jace Hall several weeks ago, I lost my temper and used a racial epithet directed personally at him."
Raizada noted that he already apologized to Jace.
"My language was wrong and there is no excuse for it. I have stepped down from all day-to-day decision-making with all entities in which Jace Hall and I were involved," he concluded.
Altering search results
As more and more evidence continues to be uncovered, Raizada seems to have utilized a PR team to bury the onslaught of negative press. After his admission to calling Hall by a racial epithet, several positive press relases were submitted to various websites in hopes of skewing search results.
Dexerto pointed out a piece published on Globnewswire that stated, "Amit Raizada is the perfect example of the entrepreneurial spirit, as his ability to diversify his interests and skills in the world of financial investmnt and growth has brought success to his company and life."
It goes on to call him a "well-rounded" and "diplomatic" individual.
Of course, there's no mention of Raizada using racial slurs and threatening innocent family members in response to changes and partnerships he doesn't agree with.
A similarly biased press release was also published by the Associated Press, and it's been sourced to Raizada himself. It calls him a "leader in the esports genre."
Luckily, esports publications appear to be aware of these common practics and PR tactics. A quick Google search reveals that searching Raizada's name still shows only the recent controversy with Rick Fox and Echo Fox.
It's still unclear what the future holds for Echo Fox. It doesn't yet appear that Raizada is going to cut ties with the company.