ESPORTS HUDDLE: SENTINELS PRO SINATRAA SUSPENDED FROM ‘VALORANT’ TOUR FOLLOWING ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Jay “sinatraa” Won, one of the key members of Sentinels’ VALORANT Champions Tour team, has been suspended both by the team and by Riot Games from this weekend’s VCT Masters 1 following allegations of sexual abuse.
Riot announced the decision on the official VCT Twitter: “Per our existing competitive rules and investigative process, a decision has been made to suspend Won throughout the investigation.”
Soon after Sentinels issued its own statement via Twitter, saying, “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.”
The allegations stem from Won’s ex-girlfriend, Cleo Hernandez, who shared a Google Doc on March 9 detailing her experience with Won. The nine-page document provides what Hernandez describes as screenshots of text messages in support of her allegations, as well as an audio recording of one particular incident.
Won has not commented on the allegations since Hernandez came forward.
Meanwhile, Team Liquid is parting ways with Brazilian Rainbow Six: Siege player Rafael “mav” Loureiro Freitas after allegations of domestic abuse from multiple women. Team Liquid posted a statement in both Portuguese and English on its Team Liquid Brazil Twitter feed, confirming the completion of the investigation started on January 6 and saying, “As a result of our findings, Mav has been released from Team Liquid effective immediately.” Loureiro Freitas responded to the decision via TwitLonger, saying, “I am free agent and intend to continue my career as coach, I’ve never been this motivated and am willing to realocate [sic] anywhere.”
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