Riot Games Executive Resigns After Facebook Post About George Floyd

Riot Games' executive Ron Johnson was under an internal investigation because of a Facebook image and post he shared about the death of George Floyd.
Riot Games' executive Ron Johnson was under an internal investigation because of a Facebook image and post he shared about the death of George Floyd. | Photo courtesy of Riot Games

Riot Games executive Ron Johnson resigned Thursday while under an internal investigation because of a Facebook image and post he shared about the death of George Floyd.

The post spoke of Floyd's possible criminal record though, none of the statements have been confirmed. The image also presented Floyd as a possible danger to the community, and posed a threat before his arrest.

"The sentiment expressed in the image in question is abhorrent and runs directly counter to our values and our belief that addressing systemic racism requires immediate societal change, something that we're committed to working toward," a Riot Games spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN.

Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes during the arrest. Footage of the scene has circulated the internet, which sparked outrage and protests across the United States and rest of the world.

Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder, which was upgraded to second-degree murder on June 3, while the other three officers on scene were charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.