MIAMI — Reports have surfaced accusing Conor McGregor, the Irish mixed martial arts champion, of sexually assaulting a woman during an NBA Finals game in Miami. The alleged incident took place at the Kaseya Center on Friday, during the Miami Heat’s loss to Denver. According to the woman’s lawyer, McGregor “violently” attacked her in a bathroom, kissing her aggressively and attempting to force her into multiple sex acts. These allegations have been reported by several US media outlets, and letters have been sent to ESPN and TMZ Sports regarding the incident.
In response to the allegations, Conor McGregor has denied the allegations of sexual assault made against him in an emailed statement by his attorney, Barbara Llanes. “The allegations are false. Mr. McGregor will not be intimidated,” stated Llanes on behalf of her client. The Miami Police confirmed that they received a report on Sunday and that their special victims unit is investigating the matter. However, they did not mention McGregor by name. The NBA and Miami Heat have also issued statements confirming that they are aware of the incident and are investigating it.
Earlier during the same game, McGregor had punched a Miami Heat mascot during a timeout while promoting a pre-planned event. Although the person inside the costume was taken to the hospital and later released after receiving pain medication, the incident sparked controversy and backlash.
McGregor was formerly an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight titleholder and is one of the sport’s biggest draws, with numerous pay-per-view events under his belt. One of the most lucrative was his 2017 boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which generated roughly $600 million in revenue and earned the Dublin-born fighter around $100 million.
Conor McGregor accused of sexual assault during NBA Finals game in Miami
Despite this scandalous news, there’s no denying that McGregor is one of the biggest draws in sports entertainment, having headlined numerous pay-per-view events throughout his career. His most lucrative fight was against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in 2017, which generated roughly $600 million in revenue and earned the Irish fighter around $100 million.