Mr. Wizard placed on administrative leave for alleged misconduct

Jul 02 2020 2 min read

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar placed on administrative leave pending further investigation following allegations made against him.

Following allegations made against EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar by Twitter user PyronIkari, the organization has placed the TO on administrative leave pending further investigation.

EVO's tweet states, "The behavior in these accusations runs directly counter to EVO's mission of building a safe, welcoming environment for all of our players and attendees." 

"We take this responsibility seriously. Accordingly Joey has been placed on administrative leave pending a third party investigation," ends the statement. 

In his TwitLonger, PyronIkari accuses Mr. Wizard of encouraging him to expose his privates in a $20 bet. The incident occurred about 19 years ago in 2001 at Southern Hills Golf Land arcade. PyronIkari was 17-years-old at the time. 

For the past few weeks, many have come forward to recount incidents involving divisive comments and sexual misconduct in the fighting game community stretching across the past two decades. In all cases, the FGC has rallied behind the victims and punishments have been meted out to the offenders by their organizations. The same is likely to happen to Mr. Wizard if found guilty of the accusation.

It appears EVO Online 2020 is still scheduled to take place this weekend on July 4-5 and every other weekend leading up to August 2.


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