Sharks suspended Fillipe “pancc” Martins from their CS:GO team for a duration of four to six months after a teenage girl on social media accused him of sexual harassment on Monday.
Giselle Esquina, 16, shared a series of Twitter and WhatsApp messages in which Pancc, 22, stated “ he wanted to have sex with her while asking for intimate photos, even when she was just only 15 years old at the time. Pancc knew that she was a minor and asked her to keep the messages between them.
Without clearance, the player will not be able to return – Sharks
Later on Monday, Pancc posted a Twitter message acknowledging wrongdoing and apologizing for his behavior.
The Brazilian player will have his salary reduced to equal that of a benched player, and 25% of his salary will be donated to a non-profit group that helps women who are victims of sexual harassment. He would also have to attend counseling, which will be paid for by the organization.
After opening internal disciplinary proceedings, Sharks agreed to suspend the player.” For yng Sharks, the easiest, fastest and most important thing to do would be to dismiss pancc, but we comprehend that our position in society is not in line with that stand,” said the Portuguese organization.
The punishment must be educational and set an example for the society. “He will have the chance to get treatment and to resolve this situation. And to restore his life, both personally and professionally.”
Pancc will rejoin the team and need to be validated by a medical examination from a specialist, Sharks stated, adding that the player will have his contract terminated and face legal consequences if he does the same thing again.
The 22-year-old is among the other esport figures accused of sexual misconduct in Brazil. The list includes another CS:GO participant, two-time Major Champion Lincoln ‘Approx’ Lau, who apparently shared a sex tape without permission, and a variety of personalities from the League of Legends community, most notably the caster Gabriel ‘MiT’ Souza.