Riot suspends COO for gross sexual jokes involving farting and touching subordinates’ genitalia

    
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More bad news coming out of Riot Games this week. Kotaku reports that Riot employees have been told COO Scott Gelb is being punished because he – I can’t believe I’m typing this – “repeatedly touched subordinates’ balls or butt or farted in their faces” as some sort of joke. Employees of the massive League of Legends company were told he was given two months of unpaid leave and training.

You might think that a very well paid and highly placed executive at a game company currently under close scrutiny and facing a gender discrimination lawsuit would maybe lay off the gross sexual jokes for a couple of months until it blows over, yeah? Online gamers will recall that Kotaku’s exposé of Riot’s so-called “bro culture” problem broke earlier this year. The publication says that during its investigation, Gelb’s name came up as a repeat offender, so you might have thought he’d be among those who’ve departed the company over recent months. But you’d be wrong. CEO Nicolo Laurent said there’d been a “special investigation” and Gelb was allowed to stay.

“Scott could have avoided owning his past and his consequences,” Laurent says. “He could have left Riot. Scott chose ownership and redemption. I will root for him, will support him through this journey, and will leverage him as a great leader when he returns next year. I hope you will join me.”

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Anton Mochalin

Did he grab them by the p… oh wait

miol
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miol

Just be clear, this is not Scott Gelb on the picture! That’s Slowenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek:

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Utakata

Note: I’ve flagged this post for a verification on this. Hope this gets sorted out. :)

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kelvar

I think this pretty much says it all about Riot and their ethics. I feel so terribly bad for the people who will get see him again in a couple of months – that is just disgusting.

Isn’t there some kind of employee rights or protections in the United States? Here in Canada he would be before the Human Rights Tribunal and it would not go well for him.

MrEllis
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MrEllis

Someone, quick, defend him!

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Bruno Brito

“Scott could have avoided owning his past and his consequences,” Laurent says. “He could have left Riot. Scott chose ownership and redemption. I will root for him, will support him through this journey, and will leverage him as a great leader when he returns next year. I hope you will join me.”

I thought choosing between resigning with “honor” or getting fired would be the actual redemption.

If anything, true redemption would be this jackass realizing he hurt people and leaving the company saying: “I don’t deserve to be here.”

Don’t fool yourselves for one second: This is pure merde. They don’t give a shit about this idiot doing idiotic things, as long as it’s contained within the fucking company.

Keeping him there allows their workers to be too afraid to lawsuit the hell out of them. They’re doing this knowingly.

Even for corporate evil, this is a new low. I fucking hope a class lawsuit follows and these idiots get fired, and if the harm was too great, arrested.

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Armsman

Yeah – had he LEFT Riot, I don’t see another paid job being offered by ANYONE with sense. So yeah, it was hardly a ‘tough choice’ – he wants his paycheck. (And honestly if they DID give him a ‘Golden Parachute’ and outright fired him – that wouldn’t have looked good PR wise after all the other previous failed attempts to ‘resolve’ the situation.)

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McGuffn

“He could have left Riot. Scott chose ownership and redemption.”

I’m sure everyone he harassed and assaulted will be happy to see him roaming the halls again.

PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

Telling sexual jokes? Kinda crude but understandable.

Repeatedly grabbing people’s balls and ass and FARTING in peoples’ face? That is so blatantly stupid and extreme.

This guy had to have known he would get in serious trouble even if he is a COO.

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Mewmew

How old is he? I get that some people find that kind of behavior funny through their youth but this dude is a bit old to be doing that, even if it wasn’t in a work environment where he was a top executive.

Yes, I am looking at it from the perspective of a female, though I can’t imagine that I’d be into this if I was a guy either.

That’s just about the farting, not the genital jostling, which I’m having a really hard time wrapping my mind happening around at work, from a COO no less.

Not only is he not being prosecuted, but he is keeping his job. That’s messed up. Does he own too much stock to be fired? I don’t get it.

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Utakata

*Pigtails point to the picture of the potential suspect at the bottom of the article*

If this is the one, he looks old enough to be my dad. And that’s saying something, because I’m pretty old myself it’s embarrassing. :(

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Bruno Brito

Nothing wrong with being old. Being wise and vivid. Don’t be embarassed of your age.

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Utakata

Update: As been told by a one miol-san above, this is not the person pictured. If so, I thus sit corrected. And retract my post. :(

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Bruno Brito

Not only is he not being prosecuted, but he is keeping his job. That’s messed up. Does he own too much stock to be fired? I don’t get it.

I’m willing they’re doing this for 1- showing they can “reform” him and proceed to use him as a example that Riot’s workplace culture has improved and is capable of self-reflection and adjustment without “outside interferences” ( police ).

and 2- They’re disgustingly and sneakly keeping him so he’s a fear figure for the people who work there to not use said outside interferences to achieve justice. They’ll think “what’s the point” and either leave, letting themselves go of almost all their rights, or silently struggle with the job.

That’s the kind of subtle evil you don’t even see in Hell.

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Randy Savage

Bro, what’s wrong with farting on people, bro? Do you even cropdust, bro?

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Bryan Correll

He’d probably been eating broccoli. Broccoli bro!

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Akagi

Send him for Katorga labor for life.