I don’t think we should be surprised that we’ve seen a few cases of the same kind of thing in recent years.
In 2010, a high-profile case of a male athlete who used a Twitter account to attack a female athlete led to a boycott of the popular social network.
A few years later, the popular hashtag #GoBlue was used to encourage the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks to fire the head coach, Jerry Tarkanian, after he had a sexist tirade directed at his team’s female players.
And in 2016, a man named Scott Allen began using Twitter to troll a number of prominent athletes and athletes-in-training who had criticized his former team, the Houston Rockets.
In this week’s episode, we talk to a top esports competitor, who recently was removed from a tournament and accused of being an agent of the esports scene, about what he’s learned about the abuse that happens online, and how he’s going to be keeping an eye out for it in the future.
The interview has been edited for clarity and length.