Jay “Sinatra” Wong has suspended his professional career with Valorant’s Sentinels for six months following charges that he sexually abused his girlfriend Cleo Hernandez. Today’s (May 17, 2021) announcement from Riot, declared Wong’s 6-month suspension. Riot’s Valorant team put out a statement on their website formally declaring that Sinatraa will be suspended from competitive Valorant.
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Sinatraa’s suspension will end on September 10, and he must complete professional behavioral therapy before resuming competition.
“Jay “Sinatraa” Won has violated Rule 8.1 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy for failing to fully cooperate with the Tournament Operator’s investigation and will be suspended for six months. He will also be required to complete professional conduct training.” – Valorant
According to the Riot, the suspension of the won is due to its competition policy for “failure to completely cooperate with the tournament operator survey.”
Cleo Hernandez released an online statement on March 10 2021 describing the sexual harassment she suffered while dating Sinatraa. Sinatraa denied these allegations. Sentinels immediately withdrew Sinatraa from their competitive roster and replaced him with Cloud 9’s TenZ.
Immediately following Hernandez’s announcement, Sinatraa’s team Sentinels issued its own statement announcing that Sinatraa will be suspended before an investigation into the ruling is completed. Valorant ruled today that Sinatraa did not cooperate entirely with the investigation and for that will be suspended.
“While the investigation did not draw a conclusive conclusion about the underlying charges, the competitive operations team was deeply concerned about Sinatra’s conduct during the investigation,” Riot said. “It was determined at least twice that Sinatra misrepresented some evidence, made false statements, and did not comply with the investigation in the manner expected by experts. “
Riot’s statement implies that Sinatraa is misrepresenting the truth, including his refusal to turn over major recordings. Riot could not reach a decision, particularly regarding Wong’s allegations of sexual harassment, but said, “At this time, we will postpone further investigation and fact-finding related to the allegations.”
As per Sinatraa following these rulings: “I’ve spent the last two months thinking about how to be a better person,” he said. I’ve essentially played every professional sport in my adult life, and I still have a lot to learn. I know how emotionally damaged Cleo was because I reflected a lot during my downtime, and I’m really sorry. I learned from my mistakes and grew as a person, and I will continue to strive.