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Bitcoin: Controversial John McAfee reveals ‘real reason’ for SkyCoin break-up

The colourful McAfee – currently living aboard his yacht in the Bahamas while on the run from US authorities for tax evasion – claims he could no longer do business with the crypto project. However, SkyCoin bosses say they severed links with the controversial programmer and entrepreneur after a series of unsavoury tweets involving sex acts with whales. McAfee and SkyCoin co-founder Brandon “Synth” Smeitana met at last year’s Malta Blockchain Summit where they quickly developed a business relationship.

The 72-year-old behind the McAfee software brand of the 1990s and 2000s was brought on board as an advisor.

Things quickly turned sour, however, when McAfee took to Twitter to air his chagrin at not being able to join a supposed underground sex club in New Zealand which attempts to copulate with marine mammals.

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The ‘dark net’ organisation is believed to not actually exist, and McAfee’s claims were branded as an ‘ill-judged joke’, but the controversy was sufficient for SkyCoin to end their association.

Now, in a video interview with UK crypto news website Coin Rivet, McAfee reveals ‘the real reason’ behind the broken relationship.

“I personally like the SkyCoin people,” he reveals to the interviewer.

“However, Synth Brandon, who founded the company, he pays no attention to it – none whatsoever. And yet he demands to make all the decisions.

“So, I can’t work like that, and that’s the bottom line. When I’m doing business, I expect business to be done, right? And this has never happened here.”

Shortly after the Malta meeting, McAfee posted a video of himself being inked with a huge ‘SkyCoin’ tattoo across his spine. He shrugs at the suggestion that it might have been a regrettable decision. 

“It’s not awkward in the least,” he laughed.

“I have women’s names tattooed on my body that are still hunting me down – it doesn’t matter.

Coin Rivet is a website bringing news, information, analysis, opinion and insight from the fast-moving blockchain world.

 

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