Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Conor McGregor announced this week he was retiring from the sport he dominated.
The news came in the form of a tweet on Tuesday that gave no explanation as to why he was stepping away from the sport.
So it didn’t take some fans long to wonder if his retirement had anything to do with the rape allegations he’s been dogged by since December last year.
They don’t, says his New Jersey-based publicist Karen Kessler.
“This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now,” her statement read.
“The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumour is absolutely false.”
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