Gen Con officials revoked the badge of Iello COO and GAMA President Stephan Brissaud and asked him to leave the show on Thursday, according to a statement Brissaud issued in response.  The expulsion was related to an incident Thursday morning during load-in of the Iello booth.  Problems with the load-in led to several confrontations between Brissaud and security for the show, including physical contact on at least one occasion.

Brissaud’s statement said in part, "Right at the outset, I want to say I regret that it happened as well as my behavior," he wrote.  "I recognize and acknowledge that no matter how tired, irritated or stressed I was, my behavior was unacceptable and goes entirely against my core beliefs and principles.  There are no excuses for my behavior, and I would like to publicly apologize to everyone involved or affected.  I fully accept and respect the decision of show security and management to take away my badge for the remainder of this year’s show, and apologize to them as well.  I will absolutely do better in the future, and nothing like this will ever happen again."

Brissaud’s quick statement was a positive step, but the full repercussions of the incident remain to be seen, depending on any actions by the GAMA Board of Directors or others.