3/14/18 – UPDATE: EOS released a statement this morning confirming the release of Brock Pierce from Block.one.
Brock Pierce was an early advisor to Block.one for several months and made significant contributions to the awareness of the EOSIO project. His past experience working with projects such as Ethereum, Blockchain Capital, and as chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation have proved immensely valuable. As we mentioned last week, we recently came to a mutual agreement that Brock would end his role at Block.one as he transitions to independent community building and investment activities. We thank Brock for his contributions, support, and continued larger than life passion for the EOSIO project. EOS.IO
3/13/18 – In a surprising turn of event Brock Pierce was remove from all EOS Youtube Videos and his name is nowhere to be found in the official EOS website.
This comes after Brock Pierce was bashed by popular TV host John Oliver from Last Week Tonight in a segment about cryptocurrency. Where the host called Brock Pierce a “douche” and mention Brock Pierce shady past by telling viewers to google “Brock Pierce Scandal”.
This led to an immediate search breakout for terms like “Brock Pierce EOS” and “EOS scandal” and a price drop which quickly brought EOS down 7%. Poking fun at Pierce’s ‘unicorn wedding’ at popular festival Burning Man.
Many users are not taking the news kindly. One user on Reddit said…
This makes me a little bit uncomfortable… Seems like they’re trying to hide something now. It’s like saying that John Oliver was somehow right regarding Brock Pierce. Not sure what to think about this.
As you can see in the official EOS Youtube channel all the videos were deleted and were recently reuploaded without Brock Pierce in them.
Brock Pierce has been one of the main speakers at every EOS event that has been hosted, there is countless videos of Brock Pierce talking about EOS on Youtube, in fact is hard to find one where his name is not mention. I myself became a huge fan of EOS thanks to Brock Pierce, I always liked the way he spoke and presented himself.
Now no official statement has been released by EOS regarding this matter. But by the looks of it Block.one and EOS have started to distance themselves from Brock Pierce to avoid damages to the brand, something we commonly see happening in big companies when a person has a negative past that becomes exposed.
We expect to hear from Dan Larimer or Brendan Blumer in the coming days regarding this matter if in fact Brock Pierce was removed from Block.one or not.
Anyways do you guys believe Block.one and EOS are right by removing Brock Pierce from the team, or do you they are being a bit harsh. Do you think is fair for people to keep bringing up the past of Brock Pierce just because he hung out with the wrong crowd when he was young? Let me know your opinion in the comments below.