More trouble has sprung up from Conor McGregor’s attendance at game 4 of the NBA finals between the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets. The UFC superstar had already caused a stir when reports surfaced that a planned MMA-themed halftime skit with the Miami Heat’s mascot, Burnie, ended up with the NBA feature creature getting hauled off to the ER after getting socked in the face.
These new allegations, however, appear much more serious, with TMZ reporting that the SBG Ireland talent has been accused of sexual assault by an unidentified woman at some point during the game itself.
Woman accuses NBA/Heat security of helping set up assault
According to letters issued by attorney Ariel Mitchell on behalf of his client, and obtained by TMZ, the alleged victim claims that she was separated from a friend at the game by NBA & Heat security staff, and forced into a restroom where McGregor and his security guard were already waiting.
TMZ provided quotes from the letters, which claim “security refused to let [the woman] exit or allow anyone else, including her friend, inside the bathroom.” The accusation states that McGregor emerged from inside of a handicap stall “and shoved his tongue in the victim’s mouth and aggressively kissed her.”
The report goes on to allege that McGregor forced the woman to perform oral sex on him and attempted to sodomize her, but that she was able to escape after elbowing the fighter repeatedly. As a result of this alleged assault the victim is apparently seeking settlements with McGregor, the NBA, and the Miami Heat rather than pressing charges.
Conor McGregor denies allegations
In a brief statement to TMZ a representative for McGregor responded that the “allegations are false” against him, and that “Mr. McGregor will not be intimidated.”
This isn’t the first time McGregor has faced accusations of sexual violence, however. The 34-year-old faced similar charges back in 2019, when the New York Times reported that a Garda investigation had been opened against him following a reported assault in December of the previous year. After more than a year of investigation, prosecutors dropped the case against McGregor. A civil case against McGregor was filed shortly thereafter, but appears to have stalled after a motion for discovery was issued in March of 2022.
McGregor has also faced numerous assault charges over his career. Most recently, in 2023, from a woman who claimed to have been forced to flee McGregor’s yacht during a 2022 birthday afterparty in Ibiza, Spain. The woman claimed that she was kicked and punched by McGregor and suffered a broken arm after falling to the deck of the boat as a result of the altercation. A civil suit filed in 2023 was discontinued, after reports that the alleged victim’s car had been set on fire and that a brick had been thrown through a window of her home.
Miami Heat issue statement
As a result of the allegations leveled against McGregor, the NBA, and the Miami Heat, the Heat have issued a statement via their social media, noting that they “are aware of the allegations and are conducting a full investigation.” The team has publicly declined to comment further on the case at this time.
UFC releases statement
A UFC spokesperson told MMA Fighting: “The organization is aware of the recent allegations regarding Conor McGregor and will continue to gather additional details regarding the incident. UFC will allow the legal process to play out before making any additional statements.”
Bloody Elbow has reached out to the UFC as well, in regards to the airing of the current season of the Ultimate Fighter—which prominently features McGregor in a coaching role alongside lightweight top contender Michael Chandler—as to whether the promotion plans to make any changes to the broadcasting of upcoming episodes while the case is under investigation. We have also reached out to ask about plans for a potential future fight booking with Chandler, but have not received a response at the time of publication.
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