Valorant professional participant suspended from league throughout sexual assault investigation


Professional Valorant participant and former Overwatch League MVP Jay “sinatraa” Received has been suspended from the North American Valorant Champions Tour following allegations of sexual assault from a former companion. Received has additionally been suspended from Sentinels, his Valorant crew, in the course of the investigation.

“We’re conscious of the present state of affairs concerning Jay Received (Sinatraa) and have launched an investigation,” Alex Francois, world head of aggressive operations for Valorant at Riot Video games, stated on the Valorant Champions Tour Twitter account. “Per our current aggressive guidelines and investigative course of, a choice has been made to droop Received all through the investigation and subsequently he won’t be able to compete this weekend.”

Sentinels has additionally suspended Received throughout its personal inner investigation.

Previous to becoming a member of Sentinels to play Valorant, Received competed within the Overwatch League with the San Francisco Shock, the place he was named “most respected participant” in 2019.

On Tuesday night time, former companion Cleo Hernandez printed a Google Doc outing her nine-month relationship with Received. Hernandez informed Polygon they dated from March 2019 to January 2020. Within the doc, she alleged that Received repeatedly sexually assaulted her throughout their relationship, together with a number of occasions the place Hernandez requested Received to cease and he refused. Hernandez additionally included an audio recording she reported that was of her and Received, through which she may be heard saying “no” a number of occasions.

“It may be a yr later however I’m nonetheless coping with the harm he did to me each single day,” Hernandez wrote. “I’ve had to surrender pursuits and loves in an try to not see his face or hear his voice. I’ve referred to as sexual assault survivor hotlines numerous occasions. Talked in nameless teams for girls who’ve been assaulted. Spent over a yr of my life in remedy making an attempt to heal myself and get again what he took from me. Had nightmares about it, numerous nights the place I lay in mattress and marvel what I did to deserve what he did to me.”

Hernandez informed Polygon neither group has reached out to her but. “I used to be scared and that’s why it took me so lengthy to say one thing,” Hernandez stated.

She additionally alleged “emotional abuse,” posting screenshots of textual content messages whereby Received is reportedly questioning Hernandez about her location primarily based on her cellphone’s GPS.

Neither Received nor the Sentinels have responded to Polygon’s request for remark.

Replace: This story has been up to date to incorporate remark from Hernandez.

Replace (March 11): Received’s first feedback on Hernandez’s sexual assault allegations got here in an announcement he posted Wednesday night time on Twitter by way of TwitLonger, through which he apologized usually to her whereas denying any claims of assault. Received additionally stated that he’s “absolutely cooperating with the investigations” and that he would supply his personal audio and video clips of interactions between him and Hernandez.

It’s clear from Cleo’s latest publish that she remembers our relationship in another way than I do. What we do agree on is that it was unhealthy for the each of us. I apologize to Cleo and remorse how issues ended, however I by no means assaulted her in any manner. I’m absolutely cooperating with the investigations and offering the complete audio and video clips Cleo referenced in her publish.


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