Amidst the controversy surrounding the Overwatch League and Boston Uprising, the player under the microscope has been removed from his team. Boston Uprising has permanently terminated Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez’s contract amid the sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a young fan. Sanchez was originally suspended a couple days back as the news surfaced (see Boston Uprising’s tweet below).
According to the news that has been circulating, the fan is a 14-year-old girl. She has screenshots of her conversations with Sanchez embedded in a Google document, all which suggest the exchange of sexually explicit photos, texts, and FaceTime sessions. She further explained how her situation with Sanchez progressed. She wrote:
After talking with close friends on the subject over the course of a month, I realized what a power dynamic it was. I’m stepping forward to hope this doesn’t happen to anyone in the future. DreamKazper should have known better to engage in explicit activity with someone seven years younger than him, especially when he represents a team. He used his social status to blind and take advantage of me.
Statement from the Boston Uprising: pic.twitter.com/N06NmoDgfI
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) April 8, 2018
Although Sanchez has been let go, there are still allegations going around about a previous incident involving the pro Overwatch player. Dot Esports reported the incident, where a 16-year-old girl accused Sanchez on similar grounds of sexual misconduct.
Dot Esports said, “The 16-year-old high school student lives in Georgia, where the age of consent is 16. DreamKazper currently resides in California for the Overwatch League, where the age of consent is 18. Possession of child pornography in California is a felony.”
It’s not the first time the Overwatch League has punished its players for terrible behavior. Previously, Félix “xQc” Lengyel of the Dallas Fuel was suspended for misconduct against other players and casters (racial and homophobic comments, derogatory emotes). He was then let go by the Fuel after his behavior continued.
Clearly, there’s no room for error. The Overwatch League takes these cases seriously and does not allow any wiggle room for their players, especially if none should be given. They maintain a professional persona and expect their players to do the same. Like any sports league, though, there are bound to be scandals.