Sponsor drops Cris Cyborg following incident with Angela Magana and Cyborg fires back

June 9, 2017 1:36 pm by Russell Ess
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The incident that got physical between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana at the recent UFC athlete retreat may have had an impact with one of Cyborg’s sponsors.

Apparel company GRRRL released the following public statement through their website regarding their relationship with Cris Cyborg following the incident with Magana.

In response to criticism of GRRRL in respect of our recent dealings with Cris Cyborg, we consider it is necessary to present the background to what SHOULD have remained a private matter in respect of our commercial sponsorship of Cris.

A little over a month ago we entered into a 12 month sponsorship agreement with Cris, to cover a personal appearance at our GRRRL:Live event in Las Vegas combined with an ongoing 12 month commitment through Cris’s social media channels.

Unfortunately, within a matter of hours of appearing and speaking at our event, Cris was involved in “battery” of another fighter on the street outside a UFC retreat. Cris’s conduct in this regard has broadly been condemned by the fight industry and the organization by whom she is contracted as a fighter.

As a company with representation and brand ambassadors amongst girls as young as 6, we cannot publically condone this behaviour especially as the behaviour is directly in conflict with the messages Cris shared at the event, one of our speakers on cyber bullying and our company message to promote female harmony and unity.

This conduct has the potential to diminish the tireless work by our amazing network of women throughout the world to support female harmony and unity.

As a consequence of these matters, it is with regret that our sponsorship of Cris has come to an end.

We wish Cris well with her continued professional career. And every success in the future.

We are unable to comment any further in respect of this matter as it is now being handled by our legal team.

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According to Cyborg, the company is using the incident as an excuse to get out of paying her for an appearance she made after ticket sales for the event did not do well.

Cyborg tweeted the following after GRRRL released their statement.

Cyborg:I will be releasing a video explaining what occurred with the recent non payment of my speaking engagement in Vegas with @GrrrlClothing

Cyborg: The meet and greet was at a swingers hotel and after weeks of advertising me for a speaking engagement they sold tixs and I did they dnt pay

Cyborg: My public appearance fee was 7500$ they don’t have the money to pay this and are looking for excuses after the event wasn’t profitable

Cyborg: I was asked to leave the UFC fighters retreat to attend a public speaking engagement I was suppose to be Paid for. I did it but wasn’t paid

Cyborg: I did a speaking event that they sold tickets to. After I spoke and they promoted the event @GrrrlClothing refused to pay my appearance fee

Cyborg: You can’t sponsor someone you’ve never paid. They didn’t pay me for a public speaking engagement they sold tickets to fans to attend

Cyborg: #teamcyborg please tweet @KortneyOlson @GrrrlClothing and ask them why my image is still on their website after they decided not to pay me

Cyborg: Since you have NEVER paid me ANY monies from my public speaking event or “sponsorship” do you think my image should be on your website?

Cyborg: Lawyers are involved, however it’s good to let other athletes know so this doesn’t happen to them

What are your thoughts on the incident between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana and now the battle between Cyborg and the GRRRL business? Let’s get your opinions in the comment section!

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/9/2017.


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