Suspension follows the sexual abuse allegations published by his ex-girlfriend online
Image Courtesy: Blizzard Entertainment
Jay “Sinatraa” Won, a professional “Valorant” player and a former MVP of the Overwatch League, has been suspended from his team after his ex-girlfriend accused him of sexual abuse and emotional manipulation, last Tuesday. The esports organization Sentinels, for which Won plays, announced the suspension Wednesday, shortly after Riot Games issued its own statement that Won would be suspended from the upcoming Valorant Masters competition pending an investigation.
Both the Overwatch League and the Shock, Won’s former team, released statements on Wednesday affirming their support for victims of sexual assault. The Overwatch League also said it would honor refunds to players who had purchased a commemorative, in-game MVP character skin honoring Won and wanted to remove it from their collections. The League’s Vice President, Jon Spector, described the allegations as “disturbing.”
In the nine-page Google doc posted to Twitter, Cleo Hernandez accused the 20-year-old Won of manipulating her into having sex as well as gaslighting her over the course of their nine-month relationship in 2019.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, Won denied assaulting Hernandez, and said he would fully cooperate with the ongoing investigations. Hernandez referred to incidents throughout her and Sinatraa’s relationship in the Google doc.
“What I want to talk about is the sexual abuse that was prevalent throughout most of our relationship,” Hernandez wrote. “I never wanted to speak out about this and still have extreme trauma relating to this topic but I’m incredibly tired of keeping this secret for him.”
She went on to describe alleged incidents of sexual coercion and said she “lived in fear” during their relationship. Additionally, she shared screenshots of messages she says were between herself and Won in the Google doc.
On Wednesday morning, Hernandez tweeted out that she had been working on this document since April 2020 and thanked her supporters.
On Wednesday, some of Won’s teammates, including captain Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, retweeted Riot’s announcement of the suspension, noting that the team would play the upcoming “Valorant” Masters event, but with a substitute taking Won’s place.