UFC superstar Conor McGregor has been cleared of criminal charges related to an alleged sexual assault that was reported to have occurred during the NBA Finals back in June. This news comes after a recent report from TMZ revealed that prosecutors found insufficient evidence to proceed with charges against McGregor.
Insufficient Evidence Leads to Clearance
According to TMZ, prosecutors reached this decision after conducting a thorough investigation, concluding that there was a lack of compelling evidence to support the sexual assault allegations. The memo also cited the absence of corroborating witnesses, making it challenging to prove the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.
McGregor’s attorney, Barbara Llanes, expressed satisfaction with this outcome, emphasizing that there was no viable case against her client.
Details of the Alleged Incident
The alleged incident occurred on June 9 during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the Kaseya Center in Miami. McGregor had attended the event for a promotional appearance and playfully knocked out the Miami Heat mascot, Burnie. The incident in question allegedly transpired after the game’s conclusion when McGregor was accused of sexual assault inside a men’s restroom.
Security footage from the arena depicted McGregor and the woman entering the restroom together for approximately five minutes. Subsequently, they were seen together at a club within the arena.
Key Points in the Investigation
Prosecutors noted that they interviewed a bathroom attendant who witnessed the two entering a restroom stall together. However, the attendant stated that he did not hear any signs of distress or any sounds that might indicate non-consensual activity. Moreover, the alleged victim’s friend informed prosecutors that she was not aware of any attack taking place.
Additionally, the memo mentioned that the woman had inquired about McGregor’s potential response if she pursued legal charges. She was interested in knowing whether he would opt for a settlement or seek to resolve the situation through the legal process.
Allegations Surrounding the NBA
Notably, just days after the initial reports of the alleged assault, the accuser’s attorney claimed that the NBA had offered her $100,000 to maintain her silence about the incident. The NBA responded by categorically denying these claims.
McGregor’s Ongoing Journey
Throughout these allegations, ESPN and the UFC continued to air Season 31 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which featured Conor McGregor as a coach alongside Michael Chandler. Rumors of a potential McGregor vs. Chandler fight have been circulating, although the promotion has not yet set an official date. McGregor recently returned to the USADA testing pool, a requirement for fighters, and must record two negative tests while remaining in the pool for six months.