UFC superstar Conor McGregor has some legal heat on his head. New reports claim the recently retired MMA fighter is accused of sexual assault.
According to reports, the alleged attack went down late last year in Ireland.
In a December story, the Irish Mirror reported that an assault by a “well-known celebrity” took place after the alleged victim spent a night socializing with friends in south Dublin. The woman, stated to be in her 20s by the Mirror, reportedly suffered serious injuries at the luxury hotel that left her clothes stained with blood. She did not make a formal complaint to police until an acquaintance did so on her behalf, the Irish Times reported. Authorities have questioned McGregor, but he was released and has not been charged, according to the New York Times. (People)
McGregor’s spokeswoman Karen Kessler has since issued a statement on the situation.
“This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” Kessler said in a statement to PEOPLE. “The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumor is absolutely false. Should Conor fight in the future it must be in an environment where fighters are respected for their value, their skill, their hard work and their dedication to the sport.” (Statement)
Early Tuesday, McGregor went to Twitter to break retirement news to fans.
— SOHH (@sohh) March 26, 2019
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 26, 2019
The headline-generating announcement has sparked mixed reactions from social media.
"I am not treating this as an official retirement quite yet from Conor McGregor, but according to Dana White, he is."
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 26, 2019
Retirement gimmicks get less effective each time out https://t.co/T9KGs3Hlj3
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) March 26, 2019
We’ve been down this road before, haven’t we? https://t.co/5i5uQWWM7h
— Simon Samano (@SJSamano) March 26, 2019
Conor McGregor loves the limelight. He'd retire in the middle of the night, after not retiring during his appearance on Jimmy Fallon? It just sounds fishy – like it's some sort of publicity thing we don't yet know the details on…
— Jason Smith (@howaboutafresca) March 26, 2019
Conor McGregor just tweeted he’s retiring from MMA. Do you believe him? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/brREi1ndbR
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 26, 2019
Back in 2016, Conor appeared to also bow out of the UFC with a retirement-type statement.
This isn’t the first time McGregor has announced his retirement on Twitter, which has many wondering just how serious this announcement is. The first time was back in 2016 when he thanked everyone for the cheese. McGregor, who lost his last fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been wanting the UFC to give him a part of the company so this could all just be a negotiating ploy to make that happen. (USA Today)