G2 Esports boss Carlos Rodriguez has been suspended from work for eight weeks after he lashed out at those critical of his party with self-confessed misogynist, Andrew Tate. In a tweet aimed at his detractors, Rodriguez said that he can "party with whoever the fuck I want", but has since been reprimanded by G2 for his conduct.
In a statement, G2 said that Rodriguez's actions are in "stark contrast with the values and the culture G2 lives by". The esports org said that it was "mutually agreed" that Rodriguez will be suspended for eight weeks without pay, and that the company will be taking steps to "improve" itself.
The controversy began this weekend when Rodriguez shared a video from a G2 party, which clearly revealed that Andrew Tate was invited.
Tate is best known for dishing out terrible dating advice, running an alleged pyramid scheme, and being banned from most social media sites. He is also connected to an investigation into allegations of human trafficking after Romanian police raided his property in April of this year. Tate denies any wrongdoing, but the investigation is still ongoing.
When some members of the community called Rodriguez out for seemingly inviting Tate to the event, the esports boss lashed out. "Nobody will ever be able to police my friendships", Rodriguez said. "I draw my line here. I party with whoever the fuck I want."
However, since G2 revealed the news of his suspension, his language has changed greatly. "Many G2 fans were let down this weekend which created confusion about what I stand for", he said. "It has always been my consistent target to stand for absolute equality of opportunity regardless of who you are or where you come from, which is what gaming is all about.
"I failed to read this room right, feel terrible about the discussions it created and will stand up and accept the consequences in full."
Given that Rodriguez has publicly accepted the consequences dished out by G2, it's likely that we'll see him return to work after his suspension. Curiously, he has not deleted either the initial video, or his defence of it at the time of writing.