The New York Times has reported that Conor McGregor is under investigation for sexual assault—the news breaking less than a day after the popular fighter announced his retirement.
The Irish MMA star was allegedly arrested and interviewed by Irish police in connection with a sexual assault investigation in January but wasn’t charged. The investigation is ongoing, according to the Times. The sexual assault is alleged to have taken place at the Beacon Hotel, located in south Dublin. The Times reported that McGregor is known to rent penthouses at the location—the last rental came in December.
The details of the alleged sexual assault were not disclosed in the story but the times stated police attained evidence from the penthouse and the hotel’s closed-circuit cameras.
The Times wrote that local media has been reporting on the alleged crime without naming anyone due to strict publication restrictions around rape charges in Ireland. The story goes on to say these restrictions compounded with the power and wealth of McGregor created a story that no local media would touch.
“We don’t comment on rumors,”
a publicist for McGregor told the Times.
The revelation comes less than a day after McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter.
“I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” reads the post. “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in the competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
This isn’t the first time the Irishman has retired via Twitter. In 2016—following his first ever loss and disputes between him and the UFC regarding media appearances—McGregor took to Twitter to post the simple retirement message of “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” However, it was not to be, and two days later McGregor walked back the comments and four months later walked into the octagon again to avenge his loss to Nate Diaz.
Let’s see how the story will progress.
Courtesty of vice.com and Times New York.