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Video Game Company Fires Worker for Tweet Defending Privacy, Free Speech in Sterling Case

Josh Olin, the community manager at Turtle Rock, tweeted from his private account: “Here’s an unpopular opinion: Donald Sterling has the right as an American to be an old bigot in the security of his own home. He’s a victim.” … Management quickly fired Olin without discussing the matter with him. “The comments made by our former community manager stand in stark contrast to our values as a game development studio,” the company’s official account tweeted.

It’s not a First Amendment issue. The US First Amendment guarantees the freedom of speech without government penalty. It says nothing about private penalty for others’ speech.

Sterling has the right to make racist remarks.

Olin has the right to point this out.

The NBA may have the right to penalize Sterling, though their actions have been questioned. Ordinary Americans may find him reprehensible, and many do. These are not government actions.

Turtle Rock has the right to fire Olin on specious grounds. (Probably. His contract or employment law may say otherwise. That’s not the focus here.)

And I have the right to say that Turtle Rock Studios’ “values” are repulsive to me as an American. And to call on Americans to refuse to buy Turtle Rock video games. And to suggest that Americans tell Turtle Rock that they suck.


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