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Sinatraa’s return to Pro Valorant is dividing the community after allegations and suspension

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.

Brave pro player Sinatraa in the Sentinels jersey
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Sinatraa was suspended from Riot-led tournaments for six months following the investigation.

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’.”

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.”

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.”

However, Valorant trainer m1cks argued that Sinatraa has shown no “genuine remorse” or “willingness to improve and learn.”

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.”

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.

https://www.dexerto.com/valorant/sinatraas-return-pro-valorant-splits-community-following-allegations-suspension-1803440/ Sinatraa’s return to Pro Valorant is dividing the community after allegations and suspension

Emma Bowman

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