On Tuesday evening, Cleo Hernandez posted a lengthy Google doc detailing allegations of sexual and emotional abuse during her relationship with Won. The document includes an audio recording, as well as text and chat messages, purportedly between Won and Hernandez, regarding the alleged abuse. Won did not respond to a request to comment Wednesday.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, Won denied assaulting Hernandez, and said he would fully cooperate with the ongoing investigations.
Won, once one of Overwatch League’s most prominent players, made the jump to “Valorant” shortly after winning the Overwatch World Cup in 2019 as a part of Team USA. At age 17, he was signed to play in the Overwatch League by Team NRG, which owns and operates the two-time league champion San Francisco Shock. According to ESPN, the contract was for $150,000 per year.
Both the Overwatch League and the Shock, Won’s former team, released statements on Wednesday affirming their support for victims of sexual assault. The Overwatch League also said it would honor refunds to players who had purchased a commemorative, in-game MVP character skin honoring Won and wanted to remove it from their collections. The League’s Vice President, Jon Spector, described the allegations as “disturbing."
In February, Sentinels qualified for stage one of the Valorant Masters event with Won on the roster.
On Wednesday, some of Won’s teammates, including captain Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, retweeted Riot’s announcement of the suspension, noting that the team would play the upcoming “Valorant” Masters event, but with a substitute taking Won’s place.
This story has been updated to include responses from Won and The San Francisco Shock and the Overwatch League.