The brave pro Jay & # 39; Sinatraa & # 39; Won, who was accused of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend earlier this year, has been suspended from competition for six months. The suspension is not a response to the alleged assault, however, for failing to fully cooperate with Riot's investigation into the matter, which violates the requirements of Valorant's global competition policy.
Riot began his investigation in March after Cleo Hernandez, who had been in a relationship with Won for nine months, shared detailed allegations of physical assault and emotional abuse. The next day, Won denied "assaulting her in any way" and said the relationship "was not healthy for both of them." He also pledged to cooperate fully with the investigation and specifically said he would deliver audio and video clips (recorded by consensus) of the two who had sex that Hernandez had referred to in his allegations.
In today's competitive decision announcementHowever, Riot said that so far Won has not done so, which is why the six-month suspension was imposed.
"Although the investigation did not reach a definitive conclusion on the underlying allegations, the competitive operations team had serious concerns about Sinatraa's conduct during the course of the investigation," Riot said. "It was determined that on at least two occasions Sinatraa misrepresented certain facts, made false statements and did not cooperate with the investigation in a manner expected of a professional sportsman from Valorant.
"It should be noted that Sinatraa's public commitment on social media to provide the full audio and video clip referring to the original post was never fulfilled. Cooperation in this research is of the utmost importance, especially when nature of the allegations is as serious as sexual assault. This behavior will not be tolerated by Valorant Esports. "
The specific regulation in question, "8.1 – Investigations of the tournament operator", states the following:
"The Tournament Operator will have the right to monitor compliance with this Global Policy and the applicable Event Specific Rules and to investigate possible breaches. By accepting this Global Policy, each member of the Tournament. The team agrees to cooperate with the Tournament Operator in any internal or external investigation, that the tournament operator suspects a violation of this global policy, of the specific rules of the event. The members of the team have the duty to tell the truth in relation to any investigation carried out by the tournament operator or for him and have another duty not to obstruct any such research, deceive researchers or withhold evidence. "
As for the allegations, Riot has no conclusions yet. The company said it "is an incredibly complicated complaint to investigate and judge definitively," but noted that police are investigating now. In the event that "additional material information" occurs as a result of this investigation (or anything else), Riot says that "the right is reserved to reopen the investigation and take appropriate action."
Following the suspension announcement, Won issued a statement saying he never had the audio and video clips he promised to deliver to investigators, because Hernandez asked him to delete them after they separated.
"When we were writing an update with the public relations team, we had added that it would provide the video because we really thought the video should be fully shared, as it is a key part of the investigation," he said. to say. "However, that didn't happen and I shouldn't have promised something I couldn't deliver personally."
It’s unclear what “public relations legal team” Won is referring to, or why he promised to share the recordings if he didn’t have them.
Ron initially received an "administrative suspension" from Riot at the start of his investigation on March 10. Following this decision, he will be eligible to return to Valorant's competitive game on September 10, unless there is news, although he is required to complete first "professional conduct training". I have contacted your team, the Los Angeles Sentinels, for more information and will update if I receive a response.