UFC superstar Conor McGregor is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, according to a report on Tuesday by the New York Times.
It appears that Conor McGregor cannot stay out of the headlines. Just hours after the MMA icon announced for the second time his retirement from MMA, the New York Times is reporting that McGregor is under investigation in a sexual assault case.
After several months of Irish news outlets reporting an “unnamed sportsman” was being investigated for the crime, the Times is stating that four sources close to the investigation are claiming McGregor is the fighter that is involved.
Those sources are reportedly saying that an unknown woman has accused the UFC star of a sexual assault that occurred at the Beacon Hotel in McGregor’s home city of Dublin, Ireland this past December. They go on to state that the SBG Ireland product was taken into custody by police on January 17, where he was questioned and released without being charged with a crime.
An unnamed source has confirmed to the New York Times that the MMA fighter has been an occasional guest of the hotel.
Though he wasn’t officially charged with a crime, he still could be after further investigation.
Ireland’s police services would not confirm that McGregor is being investigated for any crime at this time. McGregor and the UFC have not yet spoken about the accusations, however, Karen J. Kessler, a spokeswoman for McGregor, did give a statement to MMA Fighting.
“This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” Kessler said. “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.”
If the accusations are true it will be another example of the former two-weight UFC champion being unable to stay out of trouble.
“Notorious” was arrested for disorderly conduct last April by the New York City police after attacking a bus carrying several fighters with a moving dolly at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. The Irishman was trying to confront current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, due to the Russian fighter having a dispute with McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov.
McGregor would be arrested once again earlier this month. That came after allegedly grabbing a man’s phone, slamming the object on the ground, and then fleeing the scene with the property. McGregor was charged by Miami Beach police with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.