When they founded the Overwatch League, Blizzard quite importantly put strict guidelines on player behaviour in place in an attempt to keep the burgeoning esport squeaky clean. That has been tarnished over the last few months, first as Felix “xQc” Lengyel player was first suspended and then let go but Dallas Fuel inappropriate and disparaging language during a personal stream, alongside others being sanctioned. Now Boston Uprising have fired one of their players for much worse.
The Boston Uprising has terminated the contract of Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez.
— Boston Uprising (@BostonUprising) April 9, 2018
Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez has been terminated after allegations of sexual misconduct with minors came to light, with a 14-year-old girl named Lily posting an explanation and a gallery of supporting Twitter DMs, FaceTime call logs and other details to back up her story. She alleges that 21-year-old Sanchez knew that she was 14 and in high school, but still engaged in an inappropriate relationship with her online, soliciting explicit images through Snapchat and FaceTime and offering to buy her a copy of Overwatch.
Thankfully it didn’t go further and she wrote in the Google Document, “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.”
Separately, Dot Esports have been in contact with and verified similar claims from a 16-year-old, who say that Sanchez purchased her a plane ticket to visit him in California, and then asked for nude photographs to make up for it when she backed out.
After stating that Sanchez was suspended indefinitely at 3:30PM PDT on Sunday while they investigate, Boston Uprising announced the termination of his contract at 11:15AM PDT on Monday morning. Things could get worse for Sanchez very quickly; should law enforcement get involved, the age of consent in California is 18 and possession of child pornography is a felony.