The London Spitfire have dropped support player Owen ‘Prov1de’ Warner after investigating allegations of grooming against the Overwatch League pro.
Spitfire said they determined the player had violated their code of conduct, and both parties agreed to part ways on April 9, 2022, just weeks before OWL’s May 5 opening day.
“We were recently made aware of a breach of the Code of Conduct involving one of our contract players. [Prov1de]’ Spitfire said. “Following the results of an internal investigation, we have amicably parted ways with Prov1de with immediate effect.”
The team will now try to fill their spot on the starting lineup, but don’t have much time to practice with whoever they sign before the start of Season 5.
— London Spitfire (@Spitfire) April 9, 2022
OWL per Prov1de maintains allegations
Spitfire’s move comes days after Twitter user Emma ‘Emmaismental’ shared screenshots of Discord chat logs between the two.
Emma claimed to be 16 when Warner, then calling himself “Slur,” was 20. The nature of the news sparked concerns about care in the days that followed, drawing the attention of the London Spitfire.
After an internal review of the situation, the organization quickly made a decision regarding its final signer.
Me: Immature 16-year-old in special school
offer: 20 year old adult living alone! pic.twitter.com/rxeIve5lfV
— Emma (@Emmaismental) April 7, 2022
The team announced it would part ways with the support professional, marking the second time Warner had been removed from an OWL team for misconduct.
In January 2020, Warner apologized after racial slurs he made in 2018 resurfaced, leading to his release from the Los Angeles Valiant. He would then retire from OW. However, he later returned via the Challengers circuit in 2021.
The embattled pro will now sit out the kickoff of OWL 2022 and the Spitfire will attempt to find a replacement ahead of the new season.
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