BJ Penn, the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion is in hot water.
Penn’s return to the octagon has been shelved pending the results of an investigation into the allegations against him posted on Twitter.
Pedro Alex Carassco, a former writer of his website BJPenn.com is accusing the fighter of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and illicit drug use.
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Carassco laid out his case on Twitter:
Former BJPenn.com employee Cynthia Vance initially supported Carrasco’s events but then later clarified with these tweets.
As of this writing, Penn has not responded to the allegations, other than to retweet the UFC statement.
BREAKING: The UFC has released a statement regarding accusations made towards BJ Penn.https://t.co/0mHt4wUbnQ
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) February 18, 2016
The investigation is underway.
“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn. The organization requires all athletes who compete in the UFC to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as detailed in the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate violations of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of proper review and this situation, as with any serious allegation, will be investigated by an independent party and thoroughly reviewed by the UFC. The UFC organization will also cooperate with any law enforcement investigation. In light of the serious allegations, UFC has postponed plans to book Penn for an upcoming bout until more details are determined.
UFC holds athletes who compete in the organization to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action, if and when warranted. It is important to note that Penn is considered innocent until proven guilty and UFC is not prejudging this matter.”