Richard Lewis reported on Monday that Aaron Rutledge, better known as Riot Sanjuro no longer works for Riot Games, as evidenced by a post on his Facebook page.
Live by the sword, die by the sword. pic.twitter.com/6zW5C3pEjd— Richard Lewis (@RLewisReports) October 2, 2017
Riot and Rutledge have made no official statements though the Riot Sanjuro Twitter account has since been closed.
While details of his possible departure from the company are unknown, this comes just days after Rutledge posted on the r/leagueoflegends Discord server about popular League of Legends streamer, Tyler1, who has been banned from the game by Riot for the better part of a year.
In the Discord, Rutledge stated, “he looks like a damn humunculous [SIC]” as well as, “honestly, its fine he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from the steroids. Then we’ll be gucci.” The statements from the Discord were posted in a Reddit thread by user SoulLeZzz.
Rutledge later began defending himself by blaming the community, first calling this a witch hunt and saying that they had ruined his life. He then tried to defend the statements as a joke and that people were taking it too far. After all of this he eventually apologized on the original Reddit thread.
Both Riot and Tyler1 have also responded to the comments. In the Reddit thread, Riot said,
To be very clear here: what was said is NOT okay, and we take it extremely seriously. I’d like to apologize on behalf of Riot to both Tyler1 and the community for this. We will be taking action internally to address this (although it would not be appropriate to go into specifics here).
Meanwhile, Tyler1 responded on Twitter, saying, “it really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge vs old T1 and refuse to acknowledge I’ve changed.” In another tweet he continued, “with that being said I have no hard feelings towards the guy. Shit happens.”
It really sucks that some people still hold a massive grudge vs old T1 and refuse to acknowledge I've changed.— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) October 1, 2017
Rift Herald has reached out to Riot Games for a further statement on the issue and this post will be updated when a response has been received.