Another week, another internet ‘celebrity’ gets into yet another racist incident! You’d think they would have learned by now. This week it was Toronto ESports team member Matt ‘Dellor’ Vaughn who launched into a racist tirade during his live stream of a public game on Overwatch.
You can watch the video here – but be warned it’s incredibly loud, obnoxious and racist! Obviously it’s NSFW!
In classic Internet form, the tirade was recorded and uploaded to YouTube which caused a decisive call from Toronto ESports. They dropped Dellor from their team and responded publicly in a statement which said;
“Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero- tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett.
“Immediately upon learning of the incident, the player was interviewed, admitted to the offence, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated.”
In true ‘Shamed Internet Celebrity’ fashion Dellor attempted to explain it away in a tweet with a laundry list of poor excuses;
I fucked up and deserve to be dropped from Toronto Esports, I won’t try to argue or make an excuse, I don’t have any. I just want people to know what happened. I was having a really bad day. Didn’t get much sleep, twitch wouldn’t work for 2 hours after I woke up, and once it finally did, my internet was lagging. So I was pretty upset from the moment I woke up.
Then I get into a game against a widowmaker who is blatantly cheating. Everything was whatever, I’ve dealt with cheaters before, but when him and his entire team, and MY entire team start talking shit, it gets to me. I snapped. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I have anger problems.
The only thing I can say is that despite me using that word, I am not a racist. I was extremely upset, and I was trying to make the person I was angry with upset as well, and so I said the most offensive thing that came to mind.
I fucked up, I have no excuse. Toronto Esports is a great organization and I am sorry to them for tarnishing their name. I’ve put my entire life into gaming/esports and this has been a massive wake up call.
Dellor also tweeted that he was done with ESports and won’t be returning! That’s great because it’s about time that these people learnt that it is not acceptable, under any circumstances, to behave like this!
I applaud Toronto esports on their swift response and more than appropriate discipline!