Valorant pro Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won, has finally commented on the rather serious abuse allegations made by his ex-girlfriend Cleo ‘cle0h’ Hernandez. Sinatraa denies all abuse claims, but Sentinels, Riot Games, and Activision-Blizzard begin to take action against the alleged abuser.
Cle0h, who wrote a 9-page word doc detailing several accounts of both mental and sexual abuse, has accused Sinatraa publically on Twitter. The gaming companies, which Sinatraa professionally plays in, were forced to respond on social media as the news started to gain negative press.
Riot Games via their VALORANT Champions Tour NA Twitter account, was the first to act. Riot decided to suspend Sinatraa from the upcoming event and conduct an investigation.
Literal moments later, the esports team Sinatraa currently plays on suspended him too. Sentinels suspended Sinatraa and plan to conduct their own investigation as well.
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.— Sentinels (@Sentinels) March 10, 2021
We will provide a further update once the investigation has concluded.
Sentinels is now forced to find a sub for their Valorant roster as Sinastraa can no longer compete in the Valorant Champions Tour while being investigated for sexual abuse.
OWL Offers Refunds for the Sinatraa Skin
However, it does not end here. The Overwatch League run by Activision-Blizzard is now offering refunds on any Overwatch skins based on Sinatraa. While not too surprising, but definitely not on anyone’s radar, we see Activision-Blizzard being rather proactive in this situation. The Overwatch makers are acting fast and only within a few days of the news breaking.
As nearly all companies begin to further themselves from Sinatraa, the Valorant pro was forced to break his silence. On March 11, Sinatraa made a post on Twitter denying all claims made by cle0h.
Update— Jay Won (@sinatraa) March 11, 2021
The one-word tweet linked to Twitlonger post:
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. 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.
Apparently, Sinatraa has a different version of the events and outright denies he assaulted cle0h. In the post, Sinatraa claims to have a full video and audio clip that will prove his innocence. But he seems to only be willing to share it with the investigators looking into the situation. We must assume the full clips are related to the audio clip contained in the 9-page word doc shared by cle0h on March 9.
The 9-page document contains a lot of information and several incidents of supposed abuse. There are a lot of details that will need to be verified by investigators both at Riot Games and Sentinels before anything official is announced. Given the seriousness of the accusations, the future of Sinatraa's esports career might be coming to an end.
Let's be honest, we all know big companies have zero tolerance for any kind of bad press. Let alone claims of sexual abuse.