Former OWL MVP and Valorant Pro Sinatraa Accused of Sexual Assault
Jay “Sinatraa” Won, former Overwatch League MVP and current Valorant pro for Sentinels, has been accused by his ex-girlfriend Cleo ‘cle0h’ Hernandez of sexual assault and various counts of emotional abuse.
While their relationship did end 9 months ago, his girlfriend released a document entitled “J” that runs nine pages long and includes an audio log (warning, graphic) that depicts Sinatraa continuing to have sex with his girlfriend after she’s repeatedly said no.
“Eventually, I would rather just say ‘yes’ and lay there until he was done than fight him on the ‘no’” she explained. “I remember one day… he wanted to have sex. I didn’t have an excuse, I just let it happen and laid there and stared at the ceiling with him on top of me, his weight crushing my chest. I think about staring at that ceiling every day.”
She continued, stating about the audio log: “I’m sure you can recognize his voice,” she said. “I’ve called sexual assault survivor hotlines countless times. Spent over a year of my life in therapy trying to heal myself and get back what he took from me.”
Addiitonally, Sinatraa used to check and see where his girlfriend was, and get sad and accuse her of cheating if the app glitched.
“He used to check my location to see where I was, which was fine. But sometimes it would glitch and he’d instantly accuse me of cheating. He was so insecure he would push me into a corner and make me beg him not to break up with him. He is a liar. He is a manipulator,” Hernandez added, saying that she lived in ‘constant fear’ throughout the relationship.
The Overwatch and Valorant Communities Are Outraged
As expected the community has not taken this news well, with both the Valorant and former Overwatch League fans of Sinatraa voicing their opinions. Unfortunately, this has led to some sticking up for Sinatraa, and the want to wait for his side of the story. The most famous example of this is Dafran, who was a former competitor and once teammate of Sinatraa’s Daniel “Dafran” Francesca, who tweeted:
“We have to wait for Sinatraa’s side of the story. E-girls can be f**king scary as a Twitch streamer. They will try to jebait or photoshop evidence and then f**k you. I’m not saying she is one, but she could be. People have been waiting for something to cancel Sinatraa over.”
He later went on to claim that the audio could be out of context, and that some sexual situations when taken out of context can be entirely misonstrued, an opinion that did not earn him many fans.
“I have choked and slapped woman in bed because thats what they like and maybe I like it a little too, who knows. Imagine if that is taken out of context.”
Regardless, Sinatraa has not made any statements on the sexual assault allegations, though his team and the Valorant Championship Tour have both launched investigations on the matter:
“We are aware of the current situation regarding Jay Won and have launched an investigation,” Alex Francois, Global Head of Competitive for Valorant tweeted. “Per our existing competitive rules and investigative process, a decision has been made to suspend Won throughout the investigation, and therefore he will not be able to compete this weekend.”
Sentinels tweeted something similar:
“We are aware of the current situation regarding Jay “Sinatraa” Won and have launched an investigation internally. While the investigation is pending, he is suspended from the team. We will provide a further update once the investigation has concluded.”
A Dark Blemish on an Esports Legacy
Sinatraa has been one of the most versatile pros in the history of esports, having been a semi-professional player in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, before becoming the Overwatch League MVP in season two during the San Francisco Shock’s first championship run. He retired mid-season three to play Valorant professionally for the Sentinels, and has made a huge splash in his time with the team.
Unfortunately for him and the fans, this scandal could cut what might have been a legendary career short. Most professional players, after being accused of such acts, do not have a road back to even content creation as most streaming platforms will not allow people accused of such acts to stream on their platforms, especially on Twitch. Teams and leagues especially will not be keen to work with Sinatraa in the future.
Just for a recent example of this happening, Nairo in the Smash community was vilified (though eventually cleared after more evidence came to light in his situation about Captain Zack’s claims), outcast, and ultimately dropped from all of his sponsorships, banned from competition, as well as from streaming. While his redemption could be mirrored by Sinatraa should more evidence on his side emerge against the sexual assault allegations, it’s likely that this is the end of the road for him for now.