A 28 year old Professional player in Overwatch named Matt ‘Dellor’ Vaughn, was fired for a “breach of contract” and caused his title to change from pro to former pro over the weekend involving a racist rant in a ranked game while streaming last Saturday.
Dellor was playing Overwatch on Saturday when he was killed by an enemy and his teammate said he was “just standing there.” This set Dellor off. He screamed and then repeatedly used a derogatory word for nearly 30 seconds.
A viewer captured Dellor’s outburst and posted it on YouTube.
Warning: The video below is loud and includes racist language.
Unfortunately for Dellor, someone was recording the match, which saw Dellor go into a racist-fueled rant, screaming the n-word for straight 26 seconds while his teammates sat in stunned silence.
After this incident Toronto Esports immediately released this statement:
“Toronto Esports has today announced the release of Matt “Dellor” Vaughn from their organization, citing breach of contract. The circumstances of the dismissal relate to an incident where Dellor used abusive and discriminatory racial language while streaming. “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 offense, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated.”
After Dellor was dropped from Toronto Esports, he posted a message on Twitter saying he deserved to have his contract terminated and blamed his choice of language.
I am sorry. I fucked up. I am done with esports and won't be returning.
— dellor (@dellorlol) April 23, 2017
This is Dellor official response to the matter
“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.”
After Dellor was dropped from Toronto Esports, he posted a message on Twitter saying he deserved to have his contract terminated and blamed his choice of language on having a bad day and that according to him the opponent who killed him was cheating.