Following Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s announcement that he is seeking a return to competitive Valorant saw the former Sentinels player reveal he was able to skip certain behavioral training sessions at Riot Games. Just hours later, Riot reversed that stance, labeling it a “mistake” under public pressure.
12 months ago, Overwatch League Valorant pro Sinatraa was MVP accused of abuse from his ex-girlfriend Cleo Hernandez. Shortly after these allegations surfaced, the then 21-year-old was exposed from the competition.
Riot Games launched its own investigation as Hernandez separately filed a report with the police. This investigation of the Valorant developer hit a wallsince Sinatraa not only “cooperated” but also “misrepresented certain facts” and made “false statements”.
At the time, Riot assured that his behavior was not “tolerable”. Now a full year away from that statement and beyond being released for returnIn addition, Sinatraa was allowed to do without the obligatory behavioral training.
This naturally led to a share in the community Thousands spoke out to either support his return or criticize Riot’s handling of the situation.
For context, this was the final determination I received from Riot as to my status. pic.twitter.com/l6TGolyIiZ
— Jay Won (@sinatraa) April 14, 2022
Following his return announcement, Sinatraa doubled down on April 14, claiming “there was an investigation that found no conclusive evidence,” without mentioning his unwillingness to cooperate.
In an email that accompanies his post on Twitter, Riot confirmed that as of January 12, he will again be “fully eligible to log in and play at VCT.”
In that email, his lack of cooperation was seemingly brushed aside. Despite the initial enforcement of mandatory training, the undercover Riot operative informed Sinatraa that it was no longer required.
“The training should focus on ‘Cooperation in Investigations,’ but we believe you would already be familiar with most of the information covered in the training,” they said.
With another wave of public criticism following that email, Riot was again forced to respond under the weight of community backlash.
John Needham, esports president at Riot Games, tweeted on April 15 that the Competitive Operations team was completely unaware of the email sent to Sinatraa.
A rogue member of that crew “erroneously stated that a mandatory component of a competition law decision was not required,” according to Needham.
“We have informed [Sinatraa] that, contrary to this notification and in accordance with the competition ruling, he is obliged to undergo professional behavior training.
“The training focuses on acting professionally, complying with rules and regulations, and conducting investigations.”
An update from John Needham – President, Esports, Riot Games pic.twitter.com/q8WtbVzE23
– VALORANT Champions Tour (@ValorantEsports) April 15, 2022
Needham again apologized to fans for the “mistake” and revealed that Riot is now opening a new internal investigation to “ensure that competition rules are correctly followed going forward.”
https://www.dexerto.com/valorant/riot-games-apologizes-mistake-sinatraa-investigation-1805526/ Riot Games apologizes for “mistakes” while investigating Sinatraa and is enforcing a new training session