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Evolve community manager out of a job after Twitter remark

UPDATE Turtle Rock Studios employee Josh Olin appears to have left the company today due to a controversial statement he published to his personal Twitter account yesterday.
Turtle Rock Studios employee Josh Olin appears to have left the company today due to a controversial statement he posted to his personal Twitter account yesterday. Olin, who most recently served as community manager for Turtle Rock Studios' upcoming game Evolve, expressed a self-admitted "unpopular opinion" yesterday about the controversy surrounding the NBA commissioner's recent decision to ban L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life. Today, Turtle Rock Studios issued a formal apology for his remarks via its official Twitter account. The apology refers to Olin as the studio's "former community manager," suggesting he either left the studio or was asked to leave shortly after publishing those remarks. If that's true, he's not the first person to lose a job in the industry for voicing controversial opinions on Twitter. Gamasutra has reached out to Turtle Rock Studios and Olin for further details on the matter. Update: Olin has given a statement to Game Informer and other outlets about his situation that seems to confirm that he lost his job due to his remarks on Twitter. The full statement reads as follows: "Anyone who follows me knows my tweets were not in support of Sterling's actions. Rather, they were promoting three core tenets I believe in: 1) The harm sensational media presents to society. 2) The importance and sanctity of your privacy within your own home. And 3) The right to be whatever you want to be as an American, as long as it isn't hurting anyone else. That last point not to be confused with condoning Sterling's actions, which I don't." "That said, it's disappointing to see that a select few in Turtle Rock and 2K Games management bought into this hysteria without even having a conversation with me - or even thoroughly reviewing the context of the tweets themselves. Ironically, it serves as a great example of why I hold tenet #1 above so close to heart. That said, everyone should totally still buy Evolve. The guys and gals making that game know their ***, and are making it good."

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