PayPal on former exec: Behavior ‘extremely worrisome’

The online payment company’s former director of strategy, Rakesh Agrawal, has been tweeting erratically over the past few days, so PayPal’s president has distanced the company from him.

Over the past few days, PayPal’s former director of strategy, Rakesh Agrawal,has been tweeting some weird things. Tweets such as that one and this one have led followers to ask Agrawal whether he’s drunk, an alien, or epileptic.

The most worrisome tweets, in which Agrawal apparently insulted his former co-workers at PayPal, have all been deleted, but PayPal President David Marcus has refused to let them fade away. In a Monday blog post titled “Moving On,” Marcus said the company is “putting this episode behind us.”

Marcus wrote:

Since his tasteless tweets first became public, Rocky has posted positive remarks about myself and other PayPal leaders. Thanks but no thanks, Rocky. When you attack and insult my team, you attack and insult me and the rest of PayPal. I think the world of the people you’ve insulted. They are some of the best people I’ve worked with in my career, and I will not tolerate your mad rants any longer.

Now…if you’re a close friend of Rocky’s and you’re out there, I’d strongly suggest getting to him sooner rather than later, as his behavior is extremely worrisome.

Agrawal claims that the initial, now-deleted tweets that prompted Marcus response were intended to be direct messages. After Marcus’ blog post went up, Agrawal took to Twitter to defend himself:

The Wire argues that Agrawal’s behavior doesn’t really reflect badly on PayPal. After all, he’s not an employee anymore. Marcus’s post, on the other hand, seems callous and unkind, particularly if Agrawal has some genuine personal problems through which he’s publicly working.

What do you think? Does Marcus’ response seem heartless, or is it an appropriate stance to take?

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