Its funny how sometime humans place themselves in situations that they could have avoided altogether simply by understanding where they are and what is expected from them. Recently, the owner of LA Clippers, Donald Sterling was dismissed from NBA for passing racist comments.
Guess who couldn’t take it, Josh Olin, the community manager of Turtle Rock Studios – or should I say the ex-community manager of Turtle Rock Studios. Enraged that the National Basketball Association shouldn’t have done what they did, he took to Twitter to voice his opinions:
Here’s an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He’s a victim.
Then he moved on to say that ‘when you were raised in an era where segregation was perceived as “right”, that will stick with some people. Doesn’t make him a monster.’
People at the studio didn’t perceive his remarks as something that could be ignored, and he was fired. This was followed by a tweet by the development studio that read:
The comments made by our former community manager stand in stark contrast to our values as a game development studio.
Obviously, Olin tries to clarify his statements too by saying that his remarks were only meant to condemn the sensational media and that he supported privacy, not the actions of Sterling.
I for one don’t believe him to be right here. Sterling was a public figure and people would listen to him, if he was being racist, calling him just that doesn’t invade his privacy. Moreover, if Olin was only supporting privacy, he could have done that in a better way.
Turtle Rock Studios is the developer making Evolve, a 4-on-1 co-op shooter for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.