Sinatraa banned for six months from competitive Valorant

Out for six months.

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Sentinels’ vital player Jay “Sinatraa” Won has officially been suspended by Riot Games for six months for failing to fully cooperate with the investigation.

The former Overwatch League MVP turned leading Sentinels Valorant star Sinatraa has been under Riot Games’ scrutiny since March of 2021. The developer has finally shared updates regarding the investigation and has revealed that Sinatraa will be barred from professional games till September.

“The Competitive Operations team had serious concerns with Sinatraa’s conduct during the course of the investigation. It was determined that on at least two occasions Sinatraa misrepresented certain facts, made false statements, and did not cooperate with the investigation-” The ruling read.

The official release cited a lack of proper coordination in the investigation to be the cause of suspension and not the result of an ongoing inquiry. According to the release, the pro player misrepresented information and failed to coordinate with the tournament organizer. These breaches Rule 8.1 of the Valorant global competition policy, which states as follows.

"Team Members have a duty to tell the truth in connection with any investigation conducted by or for the Tournament Operator and have a further duty not to obstruct any such investigation, mislead investigators or withhold evidence."

The ruling refers to Sinatraa’s failure to share sex tapes with alleged sexual abuse. Cleo had shared a snippet of audio recording in which Sinatraa could easily be heard forcing himself on his ex-girlfriend. However, the pro player had earlier claimed that he’d share the full recording during the investigation, but the video clip referenced in the original post was “never fulfilled.”

The investigation has by no means come to an end. Still, insufficient coordination will see Sinatraa out of the pro scene for six months while he undergoes professional conduct and professional conduct training. While the results of this inquiry remain uncertain, the police investigations related to the allegations will likely continue.

He will return on Sept. 10, 2021, in time to partake in Last Chance Qualifiers and Champions.

Why was Sinatraa banned?

The professional player had serious accusations of sexual and mental abuse levied against him by ex-girlfriend Cleo in March that saw him suspended from Valorant Champions Tour and Sentinels. The pro player had turned down the allegations and was under Riot Games investigation for almost three months.

His suspension shook the Sentinels Valorant team, who then picked up Cloud9’s Tyson “TenZ” Ngo to stand in for its star player. Sentinels hasn’t released an official update regarding the development in Sinatraa’s case so far.

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