Riot Games Suspends Valorant Player for Six Months.
The suspension decision came after Won was “failing to fully cooperate” with the undergoing investigation related to sexual assault. The ongoing investigation is on the allegation of sexual assault that dates back to March this year. Won’s ex-girlfriend accused him of sexual and psychological abuse during their relationship. The allegation was supported by screenshots of messages and audio recordings. Following the allegation, Won was suspended indefinitely by Riot as well as Sentinels (Won’s team).
At the time of the allegation, Won was playing Valorant as a pro Valorant player for over a year. Before that, Won was a famous and successful pro player in the Overwatch League. With the recent suspension of six months, Riot Games made it clear that it “reserves the right to reopen the investigation and take further appropriate action.” Riot also shared that the latest suspension came due to poor behavior of Won during the investigation.
In a statement, Riot said, “The competitive operations team had serious concerns with Sinatraa’s conduct during 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 in a way expected of a professional Valorant esports player.”
In response, Won also released a statement on Twitter that he didn’t have the audio/video that her ex-girlfriend referred to. He added that at the request of his ex-girlfriend, he deleted the video not knowing it would be necessary for the investigation afterward.
He wrote, “As we were drafting up an update with the legal PR team we had added that I would provide the video because we genuinely thought that the video would have to be shared in full since it’s a key part in the investigation. However, that did not happen and I should not have promised something I could not personally deliver. This entire experience has been humbling and an opportunity for me to come out the other side a better person.”
As for now, Riot has left it to the law enforcement agencies for fact-finding and further investigation. However, it reserves the right to reopen the investigation on its own if needed in the future.
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