Penn Releases Statement On Abuse Allegations
On Wednesday, former UFC champion and UFC Hall of Famer, BJ Penn, was accused by his former domestic partner of physical and sexual assault.
One day later, Penn’s team released a statement to his personal website regarding the issues between Penn and the mother of his children, Shelean Uaiwa, who has an order of protection against Penn until 2021.
“BJ is in a highly-contested child custody case involving his two young daughters,” the statement read. “The order of protection has made serious allegations against BJ. The allegations are so, misleading, hurtful and false that any further comment by BJ or about BJ would cause more damage to the well-being of his children and potentially further inflame the pending custody proceedings. BJ and his family ask that you respect their privacy at this very difficult time.”
Currently, Uaiwa has full custody of their two daughters, and Penn can only see the kids under supervision. The two have a hearing in June to see if Penn can gain partial custody. In Uaiwa’s claim, Penn is accused of striking her numerous times, menacing Uaiwa’s mother, threatening to murder her brother, and threatened suicide after getting cocaine on their oldest daughter.
“I feel fearful for my safety and my [childrens’ lives], and for the influence he has over my children,” she wrote.
The UFC has yet to comment on the matter regarding Penn, who is scheduled to fight Clay Guida at UFC 237 on May 11th.