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More sexual misconduct allegations have arisen in the esports community. Activision Blizzard has terminated longtime Call of Duty caster Philip “Momo” Whitfield amid allegations of sexual harassment. Though this went into effect from June 30, neither Momo nor Activision could make any comments until the announcement was official. That announcement came this weekend.
Activision has yet to release a statement, but Momo put out a Twitlonger explaining his side of the story. The allegations stem from long ago but were recently revealed to Activision, explaining why action was taken at this point in time.
There were rumors that Momo was facing sexual misconduct allegations, but nothing was concrete. Of course, we know now that the rumors were true after a member of the gaming community made Activision aware of Momo’s actions.
Apparently, the caster sent inappropriate messages to several female members of the community. We’re not sure when these messages were sent, but we have an idea of what they contained. In his own words, Momo details the context of the messages.
Effective June 30th, I was released from employment with Activision Blizzard
— Phil (@Momo) July 4, 2020
The generic nature of the complaints is that my messages made the recipients feel uncomfortable. To put it bluntly, in my messages, I was ‘trying my luck’ with women who hadn’t invited my attention, and I was being forward when I shouldn’t have been. Some of the exchanges contained sexual content from both sides. I did not believe at the time that I was making the recipients uncomfortable. Had I known this I would not have continued conversing in this way.
From the sounds of it, Momo made advances through social media. Clearly, the advances were not appropriate and likely contained graphic content or verbiage. Momo recognizes this and took full responsibility for his lack of judgment.
I take full ownership for my misjudgements and would stress how sorry I am for my conduct. I’m sorry for my immaturity, I’m sorry for any explicit content or graphic language I used, I’m sorry for any tasteless humour, and I’m sorry to anybody who I’ve caused offense to or who has suffered in any way as a result of my actions.
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Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.