Magic Pro Tour competitor Lucas Florent of France has received a lifetime ban from playing in DCI Sanctioned events, including Worlds, Grand Prix’s and even smaller Wizards Play Network events for allegedly threatening a specific WotC employee via a forum post, claiming that he would rape her at Worlds in San Francisco.
Apparently, posts on the MTGFrance.com forums are what lead to the decision, by user “Mazz.” You can read the forum itself, here.
This user, “Mazz,” posted the following:
I made a joke on the french forum, i said i was going to rape helene bergeot at worlds, after the announcent, i personally know helene and i sait right after it that i was gonna have a talk with her about the meaning of the announcments, and know i receive this.
Lifetime Suspension / Revocation Worlds 2011 Invitation
Hello Lucas Florent,
This message is to inform you of the result of an investigation stemming from threats of personal physical violence made in an Internet forum against a specific Wizards of the Coast tournament official on November 2nd, 2011. While dissent, feedback, and opinions on the game of Magic and Wizards’ Organized Play strategy are welcome, threats of personal violence are not tolerated.
Your DCI membership is suspended permanently. Your invitation to Worlds 2011 in San Francisco November 17-20 is revoked. You are not eligible to participate in DCI-Sanctioned events. You are not permitted to enter the venue of any Grand Prix, Nationals, Pro Tour, or Worlds event locations. Violation of this prohibition may result in further action including that of local law enforcement and other legal action. You are not permitted to participate in WPN/DCI events under this suspension in any fashion. All future prizes, byes, invitations, or other benefits of your members are also forfeit.
If you have questions regarding the above, or wish to add to the investigation’s evidence by further statement, please reply.
Wizards of the Coast
Discuss, have fun.
Florent has enjoyed recent success on the Pro Tour and is a writer for Blackboarder.com, though he hasn’t published anything since last July.