Former G2 esports CEO Carlos Rodriguez suspended by Riot Games following Andrew Tate controversy

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Ex-G2 esports CEO Carlos Rodriguez sparked controversy last month by posting a video of himself and his team partying with controversial figure Andrew Tate following the European League of Legends championship.

Following the incident, G2 announced that Rodriguez would be taking eight weeks of unpaid leave, though this quickly evolved into him stepping down as CEO and leaving the organisation.

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Despite this, the investigation into his conduct by Riot Games pressed on and has now concluded with a suspension temporarily prohibiting Rodriguez from participating in any esports competitions sanctioned by Riot.

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Said suspension is detailed in a blog post concerning the ruling on lolesports.com, which also recounts the timeline of events for the incident, Riot explains its conclusion that Rodriguez “breached Article 9.2.5 of the LEC Rules.”

“By publicly associating on social media Andrew Tate, known for his misogynistic views, with himself, G2 Esports and the LEC, Carlos Rodríguez engaged in an activity which was detrimental to the best interest of the League and Riot Games,” says Riot.

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As a result, the organisation confirms that, in line with the aforementioned rule, “Carlos Rodríguez is suspended from holding any managerial or operational position with a team or organisation in a Riot-sanctioned competition, or participation therein, for eight weeks retroactively starting on September 18, 2022.”

This means that the suspension will run until November 13, 2022, with Rodriguez also being required to complete some sensitivity and executive training, via “an independent third-party” approved by the LEC, in the interim.

The post also states that both Carlos and G2's agreements, first that he would take leave and subsequently that he would step down as CEO, were taken into account in the decision as “mitigating circumstances.”

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