London Spitfire Terminates Prov1de’s Contract Following Sexual Grooming Accusations
Overwatch team London Spitfire announced that it has terminated the contract of British flex support player Owen “Prov1de” Warner after conducting an internal investigation on the player. The player was accused of sending explicit messages to a 16-year old in 2019. After conducting a quick investigation on the matter, the team issued a public statement announcing the player’s removal from the roster. It is currently unknown who will replace Prov1de moving forward.
London Spitfire’s statement on Prov1de
In an official statement, London River said that it was made aware of Prov1de’s code of conduct violation. The team has mutually parted ways following the results of an internal investigation conducted by London Spitfire. The team is actively seeking out a replacement support player to complete its roster and it will share an update regarding the process as soon as possible.
This is not the first time that Prov1de has found himself in a tricky situation. When the player joined the Los Angeles Valiant roster, images of him using racial slurs surfaced in public which led to the player being removed. He imposed a retirement on himself and re-appeared in the competitive scene and competed in Overwatch’s tier-two scene ‘Overwatch Contenders’.
After having a successful run with DarkMode NA, the player was picked up by London Spitfire in November 2021. The team decided to give the player a second chance but the player has landed himself in yet another controversy. With the age of consent being 16 in the United Kingdom, it is unlikely that the player will face any legal repercussions. But his actions toward the victim were inappropriate and are being punished.
The Overwatch League’s 2022 season will kick off next month and London Spitfire is going to be stuck without a support player. The team has around four weeks to find a replacement ahead of game week one.