Thursday evening, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu released a post on social media detailing his position on the sexual assault accusations surrounding his black belt, Marcel Goncalves. Days ago, Goncalves, 31, admitted to having a sexual relationship with his sixteen-year-old student, which constitutes statutory rape in Florida.
Cyborg had this to say about the allegations:
“Sexual assault can never be tolerated. This week we learned of horrifying news about an individual who used to represent Fight Sports at one of our affiliate gyms. The actions of this individual do not reflect what I stand for and he will be held responsible for his actions. My heart breaks for the victim and her family. They know they have my full support. I ask that everyone give the victim and her family space and privacy, as they are going through something no one should ever have to experience.”
The Jiu-Jitsu Times will continue to provide updates on this story as they become available.