Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the New York Times reported Irish police are investigating UFC star Conor McGregor.
According to a report from the New York Times, a woman accused McGregor of sexual assault in December 2018.
Police reportedly arrested McGregor, but he was not charged with a crime. "A formal charge does not necessarily follow an arrest" in "criminal investigations in Ireland and much of Europe," the Times reported.
Following the report from the New York Times, a rumor suggested the report and McGregor's retirement were linked. The UFC star announced his retirement from mixed martial arts late Monday night.
However, a statement from a spokesperson of McGregor suggests otherwise.
ESPN MMA insider Ariel Helwani has the statement.
"This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now. The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumors is absolutely false," the statement read.
"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."
In an interview on SportsCenter, Helwani suggested McGregor's retirement revolved around the UFC's treatment of the star fighter.
Stay tuned for more.