Conor Rep: No Link Between Retirement And Assault Charge
In the immediate aftermath of Conor McGregor’s retirement and subsequent sexual assault charge coming to light, the former UFC champion’s team has come out to deny a correlation between the two.
Early Monday morning, McGregor tweeted that he has declared his retirement from MMA in a potential ploy to earn more from contract negotiations with the UFC.
On Monday afternoon, the New York Times reported that McGregor had been charged in January for a sexual assault committed at a hotel just outside of Dublin, Ireland.
“This story has been circulating for some time, and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” McGregor spokesperson, Karren Kessler, said in a statement to MMA Junkie.
“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.”
This comes on the heels of McGregor breaking the phone of a fan who was looking to take photos of him earlier this month outside a hotel in Miami.
McGregor is also due in a Brooklyn courtroom on Friday in hopes to wrap up his criminal case from the UFC 223 Media day attack that saw McGregor throw a hand truck through a bus window.
McGregor is due in Brooklyn court Friday to potentially wrap up a criminal case from his infamous bus attack last April at UFC 223. He is expected to show proof of fulfilling the terms of a plea agreement he struck to avoid a criminal conviction and jail time.
As MMA Junkie previously reported, a possible complication could emerge if prosecutors or the judge declare McGregor violated the terms of his agreement when he allegedly destroyed and stole a fan’s phone earlier this month in Miami, prompting police to arrest him on strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief charges. McGregor is due in Miami court on April 10 to register a plea.
Report Via MMA Junkie