Valorant star Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won has officially announced that he intends to make his return to competition, adding that he will begin tryouts as early as this week.
Won, 22, has been absent from competition since March of 2021 when he was suspended by his esports teams, Sentinels and Riot Games, amid an investigation into sexual abuse allegations that were made against him by his former girlfriend. This resulted in Riot announcing that he would be suspended for six months, dated retroactively to March 9th “for failing to fully cooperate with the investigation.”
At the time, Riot stated: “While the investigation did not come to a definitive conclusion on the underlying allegations, 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 in a way expected of a professional VALORANT esports player. Of note, Sinatraa’s public commitment on social media to provide the full audio and video clip referenced in the original post was never fulfilled. Cooperation in these investigations is of the utmost importance, especially when the nature of the allegations is as serious as sexual assault. This behavior will not be tolerated by VALORANT Esports.”
Won issued the following announcement on Tuesday, via his official Twitter page:
“It’s been a year since I was forced to step back from competitive play. In that time, I have learned a lot about myself and grown as a person. I am now ready for a return to competitive play and will be starting tryouts this week.”