According to a May 25 report from MMA Junkie, Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp has confirmed that MMA manager Brett Atchley is banned from all upcoming Invicta FC events, including the Invicta FC 6 event slated for July 13 in Kansas City, Missouri.
“In light of the documented information that has come to us – and this is via text messages from Mr. Atchley, along with email and things of that nature – with the misuse of our company name, my name (and) also in light of the fact that some of these sexual misconduct allegations have taken place at our events, we’re going to stand firm in saying Mr. Atchley will not be welcome at our events,” Knapp told the weekly MMA news program, AXS TV’s “Inside MMA.”
The news was revealed after a series of serious allegations came out against Atchley from clients and non-clients, including claims of sexual misconduct and blackballing schemes from some of Invicta FC’s most prominent fighters.
Atchley continues to deny any wrongdoing.
“I am stunned and deeply saddened that my reputation as a hard-working manager can be torn apart by a few unfounded malicious attacks against my character,” Atchley said. “I categorically deny all of the false allegations that have been made and look forward to an opportunity to clear my name.”
Perhaps the most compelling case against Atchley was the story told by Jessamyn Duke, as she said he pushed her mother during a recent Invicta FC event.
“He actually physically shoved my mom once when they were having an argument,” Duke said. “For some reason, he approached my mom when they were in the lobby of the hotel and they started having this argument, and he started telling her that he made me, and I’ve changed and all this stuff. And my mom being…well, my mom, she didn’t take too kindly to that. And she was trying to leave and get out of the way, and he actually shoved her trying to talk to my sister. It was insane and HIGHLY unacceptable to put your hands on a woman like that and move her physically. That was one of my first serious red flags where it was like ‘this is not okay.'”
Atchley used to be Duke’s manager, but she opted to let him go after a string of inappropriate conduct.
“When I was out in Vegas for The Ultimate Fighter tryouts was when I let him go,” Duke said. “I let him know formally that I wouldn’t be needing his services. And it was because he, of course, sent me a new contract right before I went out to Vegas. So because of certain red flags…one of them being that he exhibited the behavior of an alcoholic. Every time I saw him personally, one-on-one, he had a serious drinking problem. He got extremely inappropriately physical with people including my mom at events, fighters at events, anytime he was doing this it was always really uncomfortable.”
Duke explained that she believes Atchley has a drinking problem, which may be causing such odd behavior.
“It wasn’t just that event. It was every event if it was one of my fights or not,” Duke explained. “He had a serious drinking problem and he would get inappropriately physical with fighters. Like at my last fight he went up to my opponent, and I didn’t see this, but heard it from her camp and it sounds just like him, but he was grabbing and shoving my opponent and he even admitted it. And like, that’s just what I need, for it to get out that my manager is physically assaulting my opponents before my fight.”
And Duke also told a story alleging inappropriate sexual behavior from Atchley towards one of her good friends.
“I have a close friend that had an inappropriate sexual harassment type situation with him. And hearing that, that was something that put me over the edge when I heard about that. And I know there’s others that have similar stories with him,” she said. “But having a very close friend of mine experience that was especially bad. Especially because she trusted him because he was my manager. So she kind of assumed he was a decent guy.”
Others fighters to come forth against Atchley include Tara LaRosa and Sarah Maloy.