Professional Valorant player and former Overwatch League MVP Jay 'Sinatraa' Won has been suspended from the North American Valorant Champions Tour following sexual assault allegations by a former partner on Tuesday, March 9.
"We are aware of the current situation regarding Jay Won (Sinatraa) and have launched an investigation," wrote Alex Francois, Global Head of Competitive Operations for Valorant, in a statement published on the tour's official Twitter page, "Per our existing rules and investigative process, a decision has been made to suspend Won throughout the investigation."
His professional team, the Sentinels, have also come forward with a statement of their own. In a tweet published via their Twitter page on March 10, they announced they are performing their own internal investigation and will update fans once it has concluded. For now, however, Sinatraa won't be playing on their roster.
"We are aware of the current situation regarding Jay 'Sinatraa' Won and have launched an investigation internally. While the investigation is pending, he is suspended from the team," they wrote.
Valorant Pro Player Sinatraa Suspended
Valorant isn't the only game where Sinatraa is facing consequences. His previous team, the San Francisco Shock, published a third statement regarding the sexual abuse accusations against him.
"Today we are saddened to learn of allegations concerning Jay 'Sinatraa' Won stemming from a private relationship. We do not condone behavior of this sort in any way. While Jay is no longer a member of the San Francisco Shock we think it is important to re-emphasize our position of zero tolerance in situations like these," they wrote.
Blizzard stepped in to say it was aware of the case against Sinatraa would be offering refunds to players who bought his Overwatch "Alien" skin.
"We take any allegations of this nature seriously and unequivocally support victims of abuse," they wrote, "The League is offering a refund of 200 League Tokens for the 'Alien' Overwatch League MVP skin...The Overwatch League Championship and MVP badges will be removed from the 'Alien' skin in a future patch."
Sinatraa did take to Twitter to defend himself and make a statement of his own late in the evening of March 10. He denied ever assaulting his former girlfriend and, while he did apologize for their break-up, he noted that the two seem to remember the relationship "differently."
"It is clear from Cleo’s recent post that she recalls our relationship differently than I do. What we do agree on is that it was unhealthy for the both of us," he wrote, "I apologize to Cleo and regret how things ended, but I never assaulted her in any way. I am fully cooperating with the investigations and providing the full audio and video clips Cleo referenced in her post."
However, this didn't do much to quell the fury of enraged fans. Most criticized him for the brevity of his post in contrast to the nine pages compiled against him. Some even theorized this may have hurt him more, making him come off as "thoughtless" or otherwise unconcerned.
"Are you kidding dude? 9 f****** pages + screenshots + voice audios and all you have to say is 'I apologize to Cleo and regret how things ended, but I never assaulted her'?" wrote one user, @howudoooin_.
Another, @redrobbin65, replied, "You....posted a the smallest f****** paragraph..."
The investigations into Sinatraa's behavior and the sexual abuse allegations against him are ongoing.