It’s been a week since the arrest of VALORANT pro player Hunter “SicK” Mims in Texas, who is reportedly still in jail for criminal trespassing.
Following SicK's arrest, his current team, the Sentinels, recently confirmed that they have signed Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen as a replacement for SicK, who was still in jail.
Here is what we know so far of the status of the SicK and the Sentinels VALORANT Team.
Why was SicK arrested?
On 4 March, the 24-year-old was arrested in Texas for criminal trespassing after an incident at a Ferrari dealership, which he tweeted about (but deleted).
A report by Dot Esports claimed that SicK remained at the dealership even after an employee asked him to leave.
According to SicK, the police were called after he called the company "disrespectful."
Based on the Texas Constitution and Statutes, the VALORANT pro allegedly violated the Texas Penal Code 30.05, where it is stated that a person who had committed the offence both (1) ”had noticed that the entry was forbidden”; or (2)” received notice to depart but failed to do so”.
SicK is facing a potential jail term of up to 180 days or a potential fine of up to US$2,000. The player’s Bond Amount is set at US$5,000, according to the Collin County Jail.
The Sentinels also internally suspended SicK following the arrest, though CEO Rob Moore has expressed the organisation's support for the player.
However, due to the upcoming start of the franchise league, we will be looking to sign a 6th man that is able to take up the spot he's left vacant for the time being. I appreciate the community's patience as we get through this together. 2/2
— Rob Moore (@robmooreEsports) March 9, 2023
He also said in another tweet that the team was looking for a 6th man to “take up his spot for the time being.” SicK will have to complete his training following his release for the suspension to be lifted.
Sentinels signed Marved to replace SicK
According to Moore’s post, Sentinels also sought a replacement for SicK while suspended.
“Our goal is to support Hunter during this difficult moment,” he wrote. “However, due to the upcoming start of the franchise league, we will be looking to sign a 6th man that is able to take up the spot he’s left vacant for the time being.”
Sentinels confirmed on Tuesday morning (14 March) that they signed former OpTic player Jimmy “Marved” Nguyen to their VALORANT roster.
While playing for OpTic last year, Marved earned a reputation as one of the best controllers in the world.
Last year, he helped OpTic defeat LOUD 3-0 in the finals of the VCT Stage One Masters tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland.
After a strong showing at VALORANT Champions in September, OpTic ultimately placed second. Since leaving OpTic, Marved has not yet participated in a professional competition.
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