Sharks suspend pancc following sexual harassment allegations
The player will need to undergo therapy and will not be able to return to the team without medical clearance.
Giselle Esquina, 16, posted a series of Twitter and WhatsApp messages in which pancc, 22, said that he wanted to have sex with her and requested intimate photographs, even though she was 15 years old at the time. pancc acknowledged that she was underage and asked her to keep the messages just between them.
The Brazilian player will see his salary reduced to match that of a benched player, and 25 per cent of his wages will be donated to a not-for-profit organisation that supports women who are victims of sexual harassment. He will also have to undergo therapy, which will be paid for by the organisation.
Sharks reached the decision to suspend the player after opening internal disciplinary proceedings. "For yng Sharks, the easiest, quickest, cheapest and most popular thing to do would be to dismiss pancc, but we understand that our role in society is not in line with that stand," the Portuguese organisation said. "A sanction must be educational and set an example for society.
"What we want is that the player understands that the behaviour is wrong and will not be accepted or tolerated by society or by the team. He will have the opportunity to get treatment, to overcome this situation and to rebuild his life, both personally and professionally."
pancc's return to the team will "need to be validated by a medical report from a specialist," Sharks have said, noting that the player will have his contract terminated and will face legal action if he engages in the same behaviour.
The 22-year-old is one of several esports figures who have been accused of sexual misconduct in Brazil in the last few days. The list includes another CS:GO player, two-time Major champion Lincoln "fnx" Lau, who allegedly shared a sex tape without consent, and several personalities from the League of Legends community, most notably caster Gabriel "MiT" Souza, who will not work with Riot Games in 2021, the publisher has told Globo Esporte.