Posted on | May 2, 2014 | 37 Comments
Ace saw this and could scarcely believe it, but it’s true: Some guy with an online gaming site got fired — fired! — for a Tweet — a Tweet! — about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling:
Josh Olin, the community and eSports manager at Evolve developer Turtle Rock Studios, is no longer with the company in the wake of a series of remarks related to vilified Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Olin, a former community manager at Treyarch Studios (Call of Duty: Black Ops) and Riot Games (League of Legends), said on Twitter on Wednesday, “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.”
The tweet was in reference to Donald Sterling’s private racist remarks being made public, the ensuing media attention and punishment meted out by NBA league commissioner Adam Silver. The commissioner announced on Tuesday that Sterling was banned for life from NBA events and would pay a fine of $2.5 million. Silver is also attempting to force a sale of the Clippers.
After Olin’s remarks hit Twitter, some of his followers — he has some 142,000 — challenged the original tweet. “When you were raised in an era where segregation was perceived as ‘right’, that will stick with some people,” Olin later said. “Doesn’t make him a monster.”
Olin later clarified that he believed Sterling was a victim because of “illegal wiretapping resulting in a MASSIVE, life altering breach in privacy.” Today, Olin tweeted he was “expressly not defending [Sterling’s] remarks or actions.”
This is insane: Person X says foul and offensive things in private conversation, which is recorded by Person Y. When the recording is made public, vehement condemnation descends on Person X. Everyone agrees his comments were offensive, but when Person Z says merely that Person X has a right to privacy and the right to his own opinion, unlimited personal destruction must be unleashed against Person Z because . . . ? Well, why, exactly?
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.
— Josh Olin (@JD_2020) April 30, 2014
It’s insane, like I said, but don’t start me talking. I could talk all night.