Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn (pictured) has been radio silent since Tuesday’s sexual assault allegations were made public, which forced the UFC to delay Penn’s return to action until after the MMA icon has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but that didn’t stop someone from Penn’s camp from coming to his defense.
A representative from Penn’s camp told TMZ Sports that Penn is being extorted by a former employee who quickly became bitter after getting fired from Penn’s website, BJPenn.com.
“In the almost 15 years that Penn has been a champion fighter there has not ever been any incident or allegation in regards to his conduct with women,” the rep stated. “He is a family man and father of two young daughters with a long term girlfriend. It is unfortunate that someone that BJ considered family is trying to extort him.”
Pedro Alex Carrasco stated that he has worked with Penn for 10 years before being relieved of his writing duties for the website in October. Carrasco came out firing this week on Twitter claiming Penn is a longtime coke head who sexually assaulted his girlfriend in August.
Penn’s rep was quick to spotlight the fact that Carrasco and his girlfriend didn’t contact authorities about the alleged assault until February 16, the exact same day Carrasco received his final severance check from Penn.
Carrasco and his girlfriend conspiring to extort a wealthy man who comes from an even wealthier family isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but there is a third party, who did not witness the sexual assault but has knowledge of the incident and time period, that wholeheartedly believes Carrasco and his girlfriend.
Cynthia Vance is a photographer who was supposedly working with Penn, Carrasco and his girlfriend around the time of the alleged assault.