Valorant pro player suspended from league during sexual assault investigation
Pro Valorant gamer and previous Overwatch League MVP Jay “sinatraa” Won has actually been suspended from the North American Valorant Champions Trip following claims of sexual attack from a previous partner. Won has actually likewise been suspended from Guards, his Valorant group, throughout of the examination.
“We are aware of the current situation regarding Jay Won (Sinatraa) and have launched an investigation,” Alex Francois, worldwide head of competitive operations for Valorant at Riot Games, stated on the Valorant Champions Trip Twitter account. “Per our existing competitive rules and investigative process, a decision has been made to suspend Won throughout the investigation and therefore he will not be able to compete this weekend.”
Guards has likewise suspended Won throughout its own internal examination.
We know the existing circumstance relating to Jay “Sinatraa” Won and have actually introduced an examination internally. While the examination is pending, he is suspended from the group.
We will offer an additional upgrade when the examination has actually concluded.
— Guards (@Sentinels) March 10, 2021
Prior to signing up with Guards to play Valorant, Won completed in the Overwatch League with the San Francisco Shock, where he was called “most valuable player” in 2019.
On Tuesday night, previous partner Cleo Hernandez released a Google Doc outing her nine-month relationship with Won. Hernandez informed Polygon they dated from March 2019 to January 2020. In the file, she declared that Won consistently sexually attacked her throughout their relationship, consisting of numerous times where Hernandez asked Won to stop and he declined. Hernandez likewise consisted of an audio recording she reported that was of her and Won, in which she can be heard stating “no” numerous times.
“It might be a year later but I’m still dealing with the damage he did to me every single day,” Hernandez composed. “I’ve had to give up interests and loves in an attempt to not see his face or hear his voice. I’ve called sexual assault survivor hotlines countless times. Talked in anonymous groups for women who’ve been assaulted. Spent over a year of my life in therapy trying to heal myself and get back what he took from me. Had nightmares about it, countless nights where I lay in bed and wonder what I did to deserve what he did to me.”
Hernandez informed Polygon neither company has actually connected to her yet. “I was scared and that’s why it took me so long to say something,” Hernandez said.
She also alleged “emotional abuse,” posting screenshots of text messages wherein Won is reportedly questioning Hernandez about her location based on her phone’s GPS.
Neither Won nor the Sentinels have responded to Polygon’s request for comment.
Update: This story has actually been updated to include remark from Hernandez.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.