Jay “Sinatraa” Won takes to Twitter to deny abuse allegations

Esports star cooperating with investigators

Overwatch League is offering refunds on Jay "Sinatraa" Won OWL skins. Photo Activision screengrab.

Esports star Jay “Sinatraa” Won has issued a public statement on Twitter a day after being accused of sexual and emotional abuse by former girlfriend Cleo Hernandez. In a Twitlonger post, Won denies the allegations made against him, and says that he is cooperating with those looking into the charges.

“It is clear from Cleo’s recent post that she recalls our relationship differently than I do,” the former Overwatch League MVP writes. “What we do agree on is that it was unhealthy for the both of us. I apologize to Cleo and regret how things ended, but I never assaulted her in any way. I am fully cooperating with the investigations and providing the full audio and video clips Cleo referenced in her post.”

In a Word document posted to Twitter yesterday, Hernandez included a 15-second audio clip of an alleged assault. Also included are screenshots of correspondence via both text and Discord. Hernandez alleges that all indicate a pattern of abuse that continued through a nine-month relationship.

Won has not been charged with any offence.

Still, the fallout was immediate, perhaps no surprise in the era of #MeToo. Hours after Hernandez made her allegations Won’s VALORANT team, Sentinels, suspended him while the matter was investigated. He was also suspended by games developer Riot Games, which is responsible for VALORANT, the game Won embraced after leaving Overwatch League.

Obviously taking note of the allegations, Overwatch League stepped forward to announce it would give refunds to anyone who purchased an OWL MVP skin in 2019. Those who request a refund will receive 200 tokens.

Hernandez has been active on Twitter since the Twitlonger post in which Won denies the allegations. His Tweet was teased with a simple one-word statement: Update.

“you have never apologized to me ever,” she Tweeted. “for anything. the least you could do is message me personally. but you can’t even do that.”

She also Tweeted “Of course we “recall the relationship differently”. One of us was incredibly cruel and one of us was scared.”

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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