Riot Games Executive Under Investigation for Commenting Against George Floyd
The terrible murder of Gorge Floyd by the Minneapolis police has given rise to a series of protests in the United States against racism and everything that follows from it. However, this situation has also polarized North American society, opening the way for unfortunate statements or positions that may have consequences, as is happening to an executive at Riot Games, the company responsible for League of Legends.
According to information from Vice, Ron Johnson, the global head of consumer products for Riot Games, is currently being investigated by the same company after making a Facebook post that sparked controversy.
Specifically, the executive shared an image of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the police, which indicates his alleged record of crimes committed and the time he spent in prison for each of them.
In addition to the image, Johnson included a statement in which he apologized for what happened, pointing it out as an example of the consequences that a life dedicated to crime can bring. “There is no reason to condone his killing by the officer at all, which still needs to be investigated as a potential crime,” Johnson wrote. “It is a learning opportunity for people (and your kids) to teach that this type of criminal lifestyle never results in good things happening to you or those around you.”
After the publication ignited the controversy, Riot Games launched an investigation, as confirmed to Vice and removed Ron Johnson from his position until his situation in the company is defined.
It is worth mentioning that in recent years, Riot Games has experienced its own controversies due to labor problems and gender inequality, which led to a movement that seeks to rethink the company’s work culture and an equitable environment.
In recent news, Anna Donlon of Riot Games commented that there are plans to bring Valorant to consoles.