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Evo Online canceled after misconduct allegations against event co-founder

Published: 3/Jul/2020 3:34 Updated: 3/Jul/2020 8:59

by Isaac McIntyre

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Evo Online has officially been canceled following sexual misconduct allegations leveled at event co-founder Joey ‘MrWizard’ Cuellar, organisers announced on July 2. The company also confirmed Evo’s former president “will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity.”

“Over the past 24 hours, in response to serious allegations recently made public on Twitter, we have made the first of a series of important decisions regarding the future of our company,” the event’s July 2 statement read. 

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“Effective immediately, Joey Cuellar will no longer be involved with Evo in any capacity. We are currently working towards his complete separation from the company, and have relieved him of all his responsibilities.”

Finally, the tournament organizers confirmed they would be canceling Evo Online. The TOs confirmed they would issue refunds to all players who purchased a badge, and will be donating the equivalent of the proceeds to Project HOPE.

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The event’s shock cancellation comes less than 24 hours after Evo’s now-former CEO Joey Cuellar was placed on administrative leave following sexual misconduct allegations publicly leveled against him earlier this week.

On Thursday, Cuellar was accused of inappropriate behavior with multiple boys over the past 20 years, beginning in the 1990s.

The allegations mainly related to Cueller’s interactions with underage boys at tournament events. One account alleged he handed out tokens at the local arcade to entice underage boys to jump into a pool in their underwear.

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The news was followed by a number of high-profile game devs, including Capcom, Bandai Namco, and NetherRealm, announcing their intentions to withdraw from the event to “stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against abuse.”

Five-time Evo champion Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean was also among the registered stars who declared they would no longer play in the online-only tournament following the news surrounding Cuellar.

They told ESPN they “could not, in good conscience, participate in an event with the allegations of one of the primary hosts of said event… it doesn’t sit right with me.”

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Five-time Evo champion SonicFox announced he would not attend the online-only event before it was officially canceled.
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Five-time Evo champion SonicFox announced they would not attend the online-only event before it was officially canceled.

Cuellar responded to the allegations with a short statement on Twitter on July 2. He said he was “young and reckless,” and had done “things [he was] not proud of.” He added he “never meant to hurt anyone.”

“I’m sorry… I have been growing and maturing over the past 20 years, but that doesn’t excuse anything. All I have been trying to do is become a better person. Once again, I’m truly sorry,” he wrote in his public statement on Thursday.

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Evo has confirmed Tony Cannon would step in as acting CEO in the interim following Joey Cuellar being removed from the company’s leadership structure. 

They also stated Cannon would prioritize “greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events” as part of his new leadership role.

Cars

Future reveals insane custom Chevrolet truck

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Rapper Future has had an incredible career spanning over several decades. In that time, he’s risen through the ranks to become a household name in the rap/hip-hop genres. Now, he’s revealed the latest addition to his garage in the form of this crazy one-off Chevrolet Blazer.

Future – real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – is an American rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia. In his time as a musician, he has amassed a number of awards and released several critically-acclaimed albums and tracks.

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With a car collection including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, he has now revealed his latest addition.

Standing out from his collection of ‘typical’ exotic cars, Future has now taken delivery of his custom-commissioned Chevrolet K5 Blazer truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

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Future Custom K5 Blazer
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Future commissioned the custom truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

Future’s new Ringbrothers Chevy K5 Blazer

This fully-restored, one-off build looks absolutely incredible and will stand out among Future’s other ‘stock’ cars. Finished in British Racing Green, this is a color that was not available from factory, and was used only for his personal build.

The exterior has been left mostly stock other than the color change, but the front headlights have been upgraded to LED units. Not only have the headlights been changed, but also the wheels – the stock items being replaced by a set of 18″ gold HRE wheels.

Inside, the car has been completely re-trimmed in brown leather, with a number of embossed logos throughout. The factory analog dials have been refreshed, but a 10″ touchscreen has been fitted to the dash. This is coupled to an uprated JL audio system – a key upgrade for a musician such as Future.

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Future unveiled the truck on his Instagram:

Underneath the hood is the biggest upgrade to the car – a complete engine and transmission swap. The stock motor has been ditched for a 6.2l LS3 V8, coupled to an uprated GM automatic transmission. With 430hp on tap, Future will have plenty of fun driving this custom truck around.

RingBrothers co-owner Mike Ring is justifiably proud of the result: “We’re humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this.”

“We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It’s an honor we don’t take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We’re glad Future appreciates that.”

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