Following a damning accusation of extensive sexual and psychological abuse, Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won’s career and reputation are teetering precariously on a precipice.
Late Tuesday (9th) night, Sinatraa’s ex-girlfriend, Cleo ‘cle0h’ Hernandez, took to Twitter to publish an outpouring of emotion, explaining how she’d suffered at the hands of Sinatraa throughout most of their relationship. However, this wasn’t a simple blame game, as she’d backed up her allegations with screenshots and logs from private conversations between the two – there was even an audio file.
The document cle0h posted was some nine pages in length, but she stated that if she included ‘everything‘, then it would have easily surpassed fifteen pages. This was an open letter to anybody who wanted to hear Cleo’s story, and within minutes of it airing, it had spread far and wide across social media. From the moment you open the document, you understand why it has taken so long for Cleo to publish these allegations:
I know he will use his platform and his fame to try and take me down and say this isn’t true because that’s who he is. I’m still scared of him even after all this time so I know this will be hard.
As the document unravels, we learn that Sinatraa and Cleo’s relationship was an unstable one at best, and the pair were constantly arguing, with Cleo explaining how ‘cruel’ Sinatraa was to her when she wasn’t the perfect, obedient girlfriend. The exposé becomes quite graphic, with Cleo expressing exactly how she was abused by Sinatraa, who would allegedly dismiss her complaints of discomfort during intimate situations.
Ultimately, we learn that Sinatraa quite literally would not take no for an answer.
Sinatraa, who burst onto the Valorant scene last year following a departure from the Overwatch vertical, is yet to respond to these allegations. However, fans and critics of the twenty-year-old professional player have taken to the internet to voice their concerns, including Jake Lucky, self-proclaimed ‘esports talk guy’, who was one of the first to break the news.
Sentinels, Sinatraa’s team, are also yet to post a statement responding to these allegations, but it isn’t expected to take long before they do. It’s harmful to speculate what could happen at this point, but the industry is anticipating that Sentinels will drop Sinatraa from its platform.
This stunning revelation has surfaced just weeks after a slew of allegations came crashing out of the Brazilian esports scene, wherein more than a dozen competitors, casters, and coaches were accused of sexual abuse. Among those accused was Marcelo Almeida, the CEO of Team Innova, who, like Sinatraa, was accused of sexual assault and psychological abuse.
Now that Cleo has made the remarkably brave decision to tell her story, we’ll need to watch closely to see how it plays out in the coming days.
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