A Valorant Esports committee has issued a six-month suspension to Jay “Sinatraa” Won following an investigation into sexual assault allegations levied on the former Overwatch MVP final March.
The Competitive Operations workforce, a committee inside Valorant Esports accountable for imposing coverage rules, mentioned the suspension was a results of Won “failing to fully cooperate with the Tournament Operator’s investigation.” This transgression is in direct violation of Rule 8.1 of the Valorant Global Competition Policy, the committee said in the announcement.
The committee detailed the way it got here to droop Won. During the course of the investigation, the Competitive Operations workforce deferred the method of fact-gathering to the authorities after it discovered that the matter was delivered to legislation enforcement. As the investigation was underway, the committee mentioned it had “serious concerns with [Won’s] conduct.” There have been at the very least two situations of Won misrepresenting sure information, making false statements, and failing to cooperate with the investigation “in a way expected of a professional Valorant esports player,” the committee mentioned.
Though it could not “come to a definitive conclusion on the underlying allegations,” the committee discovered Won’s common lack of cooperation and failure to supply the complete audio and video clips as beforehand promised cause sufficient to situation the previous Overwatch participant a six-month suspension.
Won’s suspension, which is claimed to have begun after his administrative go away on March 10, will proceed by way of September 10. He can return to the esports scene for Last Chance Qualifiers and Champions. But earlier than returning to play, Won is required to finish skilled conduct coaching.
Won responded to the investigation and suspension in a Twitlonger submit, additional apologizing to his ex and reiterating that he’ll “keep on trying to improve” himself. He additionally referenced the audio and video clips the committee requested for, saying his ex “asked me to delete [them] and I honored that.” He acknowledged that deleting the proof disrupted the investigation as a result of “[the audio and video were] a key part” of it. Won ended the submit saying he’ll spend the time away from aggressive “trying to develop a better set of interpersonal skills and earn back the trust of this community.”
Back in March, Won was accused of sexual assault by an ex. The former accomplice detailed their nine-month relationship with Won, describing situations of gaslighting and different types of bodily and emotional abuse. Won denied the allegations and apologized for a way issues ended between them.
While denying the allegations and sustaining the innocence that he “never assaulted” his ex in any method, Won said in a statement that he was “fully cooperating” with the investigation. Rule 8.1 of the Valorant Global Competition Policy states that “team members have a duty to tell the truth in connection with any investigation conducted by or for the Tournament Operator and have a further duty not to obstruct any such investigation, mislead investigators or withhold evidence.”
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