Zach Jesse banned from Magic the Gathering due to Criminal History
July 8, 2015 - 4:36pm
reddit post in which he detailed the plea deal he struck as a college student in 2004. From facing charges of rape, he took a plea bargain to move the charges down to aggravated sexual battery which required him to serve three months of an eight-year sentence in a work release program. The news of Jesse's conviction led to controversy in the Magic the Gathering community and he was officially banned at the start of this month. The ban has thus far been divisive in the MTG community, as some applaud the decision and others question whether the ruling is fair. Those in support of the ban say that it will help promote a healthier community where individuals--especially females--can feel safer. They further point to the abhorrent act of rape and sexual abuse and say that Jesse got what he deserved. Others question the decision and the lack of transparency in Wizards of the Coast's banning policies and claim that the ban is more of a PR move than an action to increase public safety. Some would say that the decision shows a lack of trust in the justice system and in individual's abilities to rehabilitate. You can read a more in-depth coverage of the ban here.