Dexerto has obtained emails that show that Echo Fox Shareholder Amit Raizada did threaten Rick Fox and his family.
On April 25, we learned that former Los Angeles Lakers player and actor Rick Fox intended to end his association with the esports organization after it was revealed that Raizada had admitted to sending a racist epithet to Echo Fox’s CEO Jace Hall. While he owned up to racially abusing Hall, Raizada denied threatening Fox and his family.
However, emails – sent by an anonymous source, which we have since confirmed as genuine with other sources close to the situation – reveal that the relationship between Rick Fox and Amit Raizada was strained back in January.
The pair had an ongoing dispute, and when Fox stated that he wished to leave Echo Fox to continue working on other projects with Jace Hall, Raizada objected and requested that he stay in an ambassadorial role. Yet, it was in the final email in the chain that Raizada used threatening language towards Fox’s family.
“[There will be] NO DEAL ON ANYTHING AND IF RICK DOES NOT DO HIS DUITIES ILL PERSONALLY FUCK HIM AND HIS FAMILY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.”
Following the initial revelations, Fox detailed more of the reasons why he no longer wanted to work with his current partner. Echo Fox also added that “there have been reported incidents where the shareholder in question used the same vile language towards Rick Fox personally.” Dexerto hasn’t been able to verify those claims.
Shortly after the story became public, Raizada’s legal representation issued a statement, vehemently denying the allegations.
“We write on behalf of our client, Amit Raizada, in response to your request for comment on recent media accounts of racial statements and threats allegedly made by our client to Mr. Ulrich Fox and/or his family” the statement read. “First, Mr. Raizada has never used or made a racial epithet or statement towards Mr. Fox or anyone in his family. Moreover, Mr. Raizada has never threatened Mr. Fox or anyone in his family. Any allegations or suggestions to the contrary are simply false. In fact, Mr. Fox and Mr. Raizada had previously enjoyed a 20 year long deep personal friendship and have been and are currently involved in several business dealings together.”
The original email that Rick Fox sent to the Echo Fox board mentioned that threats had been made towards his family, although it wasn’t expressly stated by who or in what context. These emails appear to be what he was referring to.
Rick Fox isn’t showing any sign of backing down from this public war of words, although he is willing to reverse his decision to leave the esports organization. In a video recorded by TMZ, he stated that if Echo Fox were willing to remove the shareholder he would be willing to remain working at the organization. He said: “I am not looking to go anywhere, but I will not stay in business with a racist, I just won’t.”
Raizada has yet to respond personally to the situation but has utilised his PR team in a bid to bury the negative press. After his admission to racially abusing Jace Hall, several press releases praising his business acumen were submitted to various websites, a move likely designed to alter search engine results for anyone looking into the recent issues within Echo Fox.
Dexerto have attempted several times to contact Mr. Raizada’s PR representatives for comment on this matter, but so far they have declined to respond.
We have also reached out to Rick Fox for a statement regarding these emails and, at the time of publication, he has yet to respond. We will update this story as soon as we have more information.