Update: Following Sunday’s allegations and Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez’s indefinite suspension, the Boston Uprising announced the termination of DreamKazper’s contract with the team on Monday afternoon. No further update on the team’s or OWL’s investigation has been released.
Original Story: Jonathan “DreamKazper” Sanchez, a current member of the Overwatch League's Boston Uprising, has been suspended indefinitely as team and league officials investigate accusations that he engaged in sexual interactions with an underage fan.
The allegations against DreamKazper arose Sunday when the victim spoke out about her interactions with him through a Google document, which includes screenshots to support the claims.
The victim, named as Lily in the document, detailed a relationship between herself, a 14-year-old girl, and the 21-year-old DreamKazper, claiming, “He abused his power as a player to coerce me into sending him nude pictures and engaging in explicit facetime activities.”
Lily’s OWL-specific Twitter account was followed by DreamKazper, and, when she messaged him to thank him for the follow, he continued to message her, offering to purchase a PC copy of the game for her. She stated that they played matches together, including some with other teammates of DreamKazper’s. Lily said that she revealed her age to DreamKazper, but that it didn’t deter him from continuing to speak to her. Then, she said the messages became more sexual in nature:
He progressively got more and more flirty. Complimenting my appearance, and making sexual innuendos that I shrugged off at the time … Things started getting sexual very quickly. I had recently gotten out of a relationship and was incredibly vulnerable. The attention he was giving me had blinded me from seeing that what was happening was wrong.
These sexual comments began surfacing in group chats he participated in with Lily’s friends, who were also underage. “He brought the same sexual comments over into the group chat, knowing most of us were underage. He would continually joke about having my friends nudes, watching porn, and even told the story of him losing his virginity,” said Lily.
The relationship culminated in the sharing of sexually explicit images between the two through Snapchat and FaceTime, with DreamKazper referring to her as his “dream girl.” “At the time, it felt nice to have an Overwatch League player be so heavily interested in me. It brought me a lot of confidence, and at the time I was so wrapped up in it, I didn’t realize how wrong the situation was,” said Lily.
Lily ultimately broke off her relationship with DreamKazper after recognizing that the age difference made her feel like the relationship was wrong and consulting friends about the power dynamics of their relationship.
“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,” stated Lily.
Lily revealed that she wasn’t the only girl DreamKazper had been in contact with during their relationship and that he had a girlfriend at the time, as well.
If the allegations are true, DreamKazper’s actions would represent the worst in a ever-growing line of code of conduct violations by OWL league players.
DreamKazper has yet to publicly comment and likely will not until team and league officials determine his future. Lily’s statement can be read in its entirety here.