B.J. Penn is being forced to postpone his return to the UFC after ex-employee Pedro Alex Carrasco took to Twitter on Tuesday and accused the former champion of sexually assaulting his girlfriend. (You can read the tweets here.)
One of the last tweets that Carrasco posted stated that a police investigation was underway.
Today, part of the police report that shows Carrasco has given a witness statement has leaked online.
In light of the an official police investigation, the UFC released the following statement:
"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."
The UFC goes on to say:
"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."
While, yes, Penn is technically innocent until proven guilty — and YES, the UFC does not want to judge him before his day in court — it's plainly obvious that the UFC does not want to come off as promoting any fighter amid such allegations.
Still no word from Penn's camp.