Pro Tour competitor Lucas Florent won't be flying to San Francisco next week and he won't be playing in any DCI events in the foreseeable future. Lucas received a lifetime ban as a result of posting "threats of personal physical violence" against an unnamed Wizards employee. It's believed these threats are ones made against Helene Bergeot, Director of Organized Play Programs for Wizards.
On the MTGFrance.com forum, a user by the name 'Mazz' made the following post:
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.
The DCI Suspended members page is updated to include Florent's name. There is a second name which was added as a lifetime ban from the same day, and that is Alexandre Choffat.
Florent has seen some success in competitive Magic, competing on the Pro Tour, as seen below during a deck tech from Pro Tour San Diego in 2010. He is also a writer for BlackBorder.com, though he hasn't written since July.
Lucas Florent, or someone posting as Lucas, has posted the following comment below:
I understand the post the the people who say it can never be a joke, that s how you grew up, i recently started working in an american company and we had a whole course on sexual harassing, something you dont even hear of in france.
Again my words were wrong and i even explained my self right after that, i should maybe had deleted it, but yeah this forum is basically of 200 people who know each other, and it didnt shock anyone in there, everybody understood it as a joke, in fact it only got backtraced via a threat (of the other guy alexandre something) that he posted on a personal website, and then they found this post.