CoinGeek founder Calvin Ayre has been involved in a morality battle on Twitter over the past few days with John McAfee. The two personalities, infamous for various controversies in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, faced off after McAfee offered unsolicited advice to Calvin Ayre on the social media platform.
Ayre responded with sharp criticism to McAfee’s initial comments alleging that he had been in a relationship with an underage 17-year-old girl. The CoinGeek founder continued to attack McAfee by pointing out the 2012 judgment which held him liable for the death of his neighbor. Ayre, notably, took veiled digs at him instead of attacking him directly.
On March 16, 2019, he tweeted a Forbes article, reinforcing that the founder of the anti-virus firm had blood on his hands. Ayre said that while he does not wish to call McAfee a murderer, the person guilty of killing Gregory Faull has admitted to McAfee paying him for the act.
McAfee was rattled by the series of personal attacks and responded with the threat of a lawsuit. The 2020 Presidential candidate said that he would give Ayre 12 hours to apologize, after which he would sue for defamation and libel. McAfee’s wife had also tweeted in defense of her husband.
Social Media Backlash Over Pool Party Pictures
On March 12, 2019, Calvin Ayre posted pictures of a pool party with young women in various suggestive poses. He received immediate backlash from social media users who pointed out that the women in the pictures looked underage. At the time, Ayre was on vacation in Cuba.
The Twitter war between John McAfee and Calvin Ayre began at this point, with the former advising discretion while posting such content on social media. McAfee further suggested that such actions would only serve to shine a negative light on the crypto community as well.
Other Twitter users joined in and criticized Ayre, demanding a boycott of the CoinGeek Scaling Conference in Toronto scheduled for May 2019.
Ayre did not apologize for his actions and, instead, defended himself by claiming that none of the women in the pool party were underage. He told the world that he had also consulted with his Canadian lawyer about the legal age for dancing in that manner in Cuba when he needed legal advice on his concrete export business.
According to Ayre, his lawyer suggested that there was no minimum legal age. He also called out critics demanding a boycott of his conference, stating they had always been CoinGeek opponents and were only using the recent controversy to attack him.
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