Karen Kessler, the spokesperson for Conor McGregor issued a statement following the New York Times report about police in Ireland investigating McGregor for an alleged sexual assault that took place in December.
Here is the statement that was sent to Ariel Helwani:
"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 rumor is absolutely false.
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.
Karen Kessler. Spokesperson."