In an official statement from Riot Games today, professional VALORANT player Jay “Sinatraa” Won has been suspended from professional VALORANT for six months and will be required to complete professional conduct training.
The suspension comes from the sexual assault allegations that were made by his ex-girlfriend Cleo Hernandez in March.
After Riot Games and Sentinels became aware of sexual assault allegations made against Jay “Sinatraa” Won, both immediately launched an investigation into the matter and suspended Sinatraa until further notice.
When suspending Sinatraa, Sentinels announced that Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo would be the substitute player for the entirety of VCT: Masters 1, but it seems that TenZ may be staying a little while longer at Sentinels.
According to Riot Games, Jay “Sinatraa” Won violated Rule 8.1 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy and will be suspended for six months (which is considered to have begun with his administrative suspension on March 10, 2021), continuing through Sept. 10, 2021 (end of the Stage 3 Challenger season and final Masters event). He will be eligible to return for Last Chance Qualifiers and Champions.
Sinatraa is also required to complete professional conduct and professional conduct training prior to being able to return to play.
Sinatraa responded to the allegations shortly after they were made, saying he “recalls their relationship differently” and that he “never assaulted her in any way,” but will fully cooperate with the investigations.
Recently Sinatraa has been hinting at his possible return to streaming and a return to professional play, but it seems that won’t be happening for some time. Sinatraa is yet to respond to Riot Games’ official ruling.
Update: Sinatraa’s response
In a TwitLonger posted moments ago, Sinatraa has responded to Riot Games, stating that he does “not have the video/audio that [Cleo] used in her statement” and “after [their] relationship ended [Cleo] had asked [Sinatraa] to delete the video and [he] honoured that.”
Update: Cleo Hernandez response
Just a few hours ago, the accuser Cleo Hernandez has responded on Twitter with a TwitLonger titled “todays update”.
In her response, Cleo states that “i never once told him to delete the video”, referring back to Sinatraa’s response saying that after their relationship ended, she asked him to delete the video.
In the response Cleo also mentions that “he refused to comply with the investigation, was caught in multiple lies and didn’t give a video that wouldn’t have proved his innocence”.