Carlos Hoskinson. Source: Screenshot of a video, Bloomberg/Youtube
Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson called the XRP community “toxic and mean-spirited” while attacking the project, saying that it “brings no association or technical value.”
Hoskinson, who has been hostilely attacked by the XRP community, said in a Dec. 16 video that he plans to stop talking about Ripple and its native XRP token.
The Cardano founder claimed the attacks stemmed from his stance in the ongoing Securities Exchange Commission and Ripple (SEC) case.
He previously predicted the trial would end on December 15, citing people familiar with the matter. However, after the deal failed to close on said date, some members of the XRP community accused him of being a liar. He said:
"I was accused of lying and accused once again of creating a flood and trolling. I don't know how to interact with the XRP community, I think my statements have historically been very measured and favorable."
Hoskinson claimed that he actually sided with Ripple and supported the XRP army, but it became increasingly difficult to interact with the community. Therefore, he said that he would simply say “no comment” in the future regarding anything Ripple related.
“So, in the future, I will not answer any questions about XRP under any circumstances. I won't mention the project; I will not talk at all about anything that happens after the case is resolved. XRP I'm not even going to discuss this if I'm asked in the future, I'm just going to say no comment.
In response, Twitter user @3TGMCrypto compared Hoskinson's speech to his statements that he would never attend an event where Bitcoin developers are also invited because some Bitcoin bulls insulted him on Twitter for claiming that Bitcoin is too slow and has a significant competitive disadvantage against Ethereum.
“It makes no sense to invite toxicity into your life,” the Cardano founder responded, adding that the XRP community is “toxic and petty,” but the project brings no association or technical value.
Meanwhile, Ripple's two-year legal battle with the SEC may be drawing to a close, as various rumors point to a potential settlement.
Earlier this month, Stuart Alderoty, Ripple's general counsel, said in a tweet that the company's response was its final presentation. He said the firm had asked the court to rule in his favor in the case. Alderoty said that the crypto company is proud of the defense it has mounted on behalf of the crypto industry.