Statement from Invicta FC Pres Shannon Knapp

Statement from Invicta FC Pres Shannon Knapp

I have to say Thank you Shannon Knapp for looking out for female athletes in the WMMA community, I stand behind you 100%!

My personal sadness is that I am just now finding out about all of the sexual misconduct allegations. My disgust beyond words not only comes from the sexual misconduct, but from the use of my name and my company name to intimidate these athletes. I haven’t posted much on the situation since I posted the warning a couple days ago for the sheer fact that I couldn’t muster any level of professionalism in a response. As the president/owner of Invicta FC I have to take a hard look inward to see where we failed. I have worked with athletes in this sport for over 13 years and I am most notably known in this sport for my level of commitment to protecting athletes at the risk of my own career. I posted 3 warnings to the athletes encouraging them to call me or message me if they encountered ANYONE using my name or the company name to intimidate them on any level and reminding them that Invicta FC is ONLY about the athletes. It truly saddens me that any athlete endured this type of deviant sexual predator behavior and didn’t feel safe enough to come to me or anyone in the company. To me that is failure on my part and on the part of the company’s athlete relations department. To think for one moment that the athletes/potential athletes didn’t feel secure enough to come to us to get the support they needed, truly breaks my heart. I assure you I won’t take this lying down! We will make the necessary changes internally putting policies/procedures in place to ensure we do our best to eliminate these types of situations/predators in the future and to ensure that ALL athletes know we are here for them.We will NOT tolerate these types of behaviors! I said it a few days ago and will repeat it LOUD and CLEAR… YOU DON’T MESS WITH MY ATHLETES! I will handle this from here! I applaud the athletes that have publicly come forward and I thank them for their bravery. Without their courage these things would have continued to happen and could have possibly resulted in someone really getting hurt.”

Shannon Knapp