Following allegations of sexual abuse and a six-month suspension from Valorant tournaments, Sentinels star player Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won’s intent to return to professional play has divided the community.
In early March 2021, Sentinels star and former OWL figurehead Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won was accused of sexually abusing his ex-girlfriend Cleo ‘cle0h’ Hernandez.
The pro player was banned from participating in Riot Games-sponsored Valorant tournaments for six months for “misrepresenting certain facts, making false statements” and allegedly being uncooperative.
Sinatraa denied the allegations and also clarified that he had attempted to cooperate with Riot’s investigation but was unable to provide the previously promised video.
On April 12, Sinatraa confirmed his plans to return to Valorant — possibly under the Sentinels’ banner — but his announcement split the community down the middle.
Sinatraa’s return to Valorant splits the community
As expected, Sinatraa’s planned return to professional play has torn apart both the game’s professional sphere and the general fan base.
In a lengthy tweet, Valorant Champions Tour EMEA caster Matt ‘Twiggy’ Twigg notes, “Until Sinatraa is convicted, you get to think for yourself. Sinatraa did not cooperate with a riot investigation into the matter after stating in a public announcement that he had evidence to prove his innocence. Less than 1.7% of SA cases result in a conviction.
“Now I can’t stop you from following him or Teams from picking him up. But I ask you to review the evidence presented by the victim yourself, rather than blindly defending him and repeating benign statements about his ‘legal innocence’.”
Now I can’t stop you from following him or Teams from picking him up. But I urge you to review the evidence presented by the victim for yourself, rather than blindly defending him and repeating benign statements about his “legal innocence.” We owe that to the community.
— Matt ‘Twiggy’ Twigg (@TwiggyCasts) April 12, 2022
Former League of Legends caster Indiana ‘Froskurinn’ Black echoed this, writing: “A Valorant professional has been accused of sexual assault using audio clips, text and personal accounts. As with most sexual assaults, there was no final criminal case. Apparently that’s perfectly fine for orgs to sign it now. is it ok The orgs dourly measure PR perceptions.”
A Valo professional has been accused of sexual assault using audio clips, texts and personal accounts. As with most sexual assaults, there was no final criminal case. Apparently that’s perfectly fine for orgs to sign it now. is it ok The orgs dourly measure PR perception.
— Frog (@Froskurinn) April 12, 2022
Twitch streamer Michael ‘sonii’ Sherman countered both points, commenting, “I firmly believe that teenage f**k-ups shouldn’t be held over their heads for decades. We all did stupid shit when we were younger, some worse than others.”
Tweet deleted because I don’t know enough about the topic to bring it up for discussion.
However. I firmly believe that one should not blame oneself for decades of teenage shit.
We all did stupid shit when we were younger, some worse than others.
— Michael / SONII (@sonii) April 12, 2022
However, Valorant trainer m1cks argued that Sinatraa has shown no “genuine remorse” or “willingness to improve and learn.”
I’m for a second chance and for people to be forgiven, but that’s only when someone shows genuine remorse and a willingness to improve and learn
sinatraa has done literally nothing like saying you’ve “grown” after taking back your word about working together isn’t growth.
— m1cks (@joshm1cks) April 13, 2022
NRG content creator Chris ‘Flexinja’ Irvine also received backlash for responding to Sinatraa’s initial announcement with “Love to hear, good luck”. He clarified: “I do NOT support ANYTHING he has done in the past or has been accused of. The only thing I support is that he grows and learns as a person.”
clarify what I said below @sinatraa‘s post:
— NRG Flexinja (@flexinja) April 12, 2022
With VCT Masters Stage 1 in Reykjavík already in full swing, the Sentinels failed to make the cut. There is already reports a possible roster reshuffle in the team that could create an opening for Sinatraa’s return.
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