Riot Games lead experience designer Aaron “Sanjuro” Rutledge apologized Sunday for making disparaging comments about infamous League of Legends streamer Tyler1.
Sanjuro made the comments in the League of Legends Discord server, and they were posted Sunday on Reddit with the Rioter’s name blurred out. The Rioter wrote that Tyler1 looks “like a damn humunculous,” and said “honestly…its fine he’ll die from a coke overdose or testicular cancer from all the steroids.”
“Reddit, League Players, Tyler – I displayed a gross error in judgement last night and whole-heartedly apologize for my comments,” he wrote. “They were out of line, and not what any of you deserve to hear, especially from a Rioter. I’ll be taking time away from Reddit, discord and in game chat to reflect on how I communicate with players. Sorry again for the insults and the language.”
Riot also issued an apology through Reddit:
“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).”
Tyler1 is one of the most prominent streamers in League of Legends, most infamous for previously toxic in-game behavior that involved “running it down mid” or killing himself intentionally to throw the game. Despite his conduct, his streams garnered a massive following, and since being permanently ban from League of Legends, Tyler has been trying to reform himself in order to get unbanned from the game. Tyler1 has also responded to the comments on Twitter, saying that he was disappointed but doesn’t hold the comments against Sanjuro.
With that being said I have no hard feelings towards the guy. Shit happens.
— loltyler1 (@lol_tyler1) October 1, 2017
In response to the controversy, Rioter Cactopus wrote on the thread that Riot doesn’t condone the type of comments made by Sanjuro, offered their own apology, and that the team “will be taking action internally to address this.”