Marcel Goncalves – a BJJ black belt and former Fight Sports affiliate instructor – was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault in March 2018; due to the allegations that he had intimate relations with a 16 year-old student. And, as Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu is the owner of Fight Sports academy, and due to the incident coverup allegations thrown at him from people like Mo Jassim, Cyborg’s been in the center of attention due to what some say is a poorly handled approach.
Now, the world-known New York Times have reported on the incident themselves and shared a few details:
Recently, Abreu contacted the Florida teenager in the Gonçalves case and apologized. For her, the text message — the first contact Abreu had made in three years, she said — was too little, too late.
“I think he is somebody hiding behind a black belt,” the teenager said of Abreu, expressing a sense of betrayal that he continued to support Gonçalves. “Anybody who has morals, anybody who has a decent conscience, should know what’s right and wrong.”
The prominent newspaper and website also looked back at the case of another Fight Sports affiliate instructor, Rodrigo da Costa Oliveira, who’s manipulated and r*ped a 16 year-old student, as originally reported by the Jiu-Jitsu Times.
New York Times wrote:
Shortly after the assault, Oliveira, then 29, left the country, Abreu wrote to Schneider’s father on social media last Nov. 11. Gary Schneider, Mandy’s father, said he insisted that Abreu contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, seeking to revoke Oliveira’s visa, which Abreu did in a letter dated that same day.
Be sure to read the entire New York Times article here.
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