Toronto Esports’ Matt “Dellor” Vaughn opted for a very public stream of racial slurs during an Overwatch game. As a 28-year-old adult, Vaughn was playing a ranked match in Overwatch, his opponent, Widowmaker, making a few too many accurate shots. His response was to yell the N-word into his microphone using the game’s voice chat system, as the rest of his team listened on.
What Vaughn seemingly didn’t realize was that he was streaming to his Twitch followers, one of which was quick to capture and upload the rant in its entirety. Toronto Esports responded by releasing Vaughn:
“Toronto Esports is an organization built on inclusivity, and we have always had a zero- tolerance policy for any forms of discrimination,” said President Ryan Pallett. “Immediately upon learning of the incident, the player was interviewed, admitted to the offence, and was notified that his contract with the organization was being terminated”
His laundry list of excuses for why he repeatedly said the N-word—he was tired, his internet was lagging, the Widowmaker was cheating, he was angry—leads to his point: He is not racist, just upset, and so he said the most offensive thing that came into his mind.