This was never going to be an easy story to keep under wraps.
Lloyd Irvin, one of the most prominent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for MMA (no-gi) teachers in the United States, coach of UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, Brandon Vera, Phil Davis, Mike Easton, with nearly two dozen affiliate schools across the US and in Canada, was accused of rape nearly 25-years ago.
This story has emerged as a result of an incident on New Year's Eve in Fairfax, VA. Two of Lloyd Irvin's students, Matthew Maldonado (26) and Nicholas Schultz (21), ran into one of their female training partners from an affiliate school at a nightclub. Deeming her too drunk to drive, the two men offered to escort her to the home of an instructor nearby. Instead, they lured her to the St. Matthews Parking Center and repeatedly raped and bashed her. They were caught on security camera doing so, allowing police to release these details. They left the young woman on the concrete where she cried for help until someone came to her aid some time later.
The crime has dredged up a prior incident in Lloyd Irvin's past. In 1989, Irvin and several other men were involved in a gang rape. An under-aged (17 y.o.) Hampton University student had drinks with some college aged men and agreed to come up to their apartment. She alleged that two men, Terrence C. Gatling and Lloyd E. Irvin Jr., held her down on a bed and sexually assaulted and beat her, with at least five more men taking turns raping and sodomizing her afterward.
The case eventually found two of the seven men identified guilty of rape, one (Gatling) guilty of forced oral copulation, and one (Irvin) not guilty. Irvin's defence was that although he wanted to have sex with the teenager, and she was a willing participant (a "freak"), he was impotent and thus unable to do so. Though there is a remote chance that the Lloyd E. Irvin Jr. (20) in question is not the Lloyd E. Irvin Jr. (former Boise State student, 20 years old at the time of the incident) we know from Team Lloyd Irvin, especially since Irvin has refused to comment on this in recent weeks, it seems more likely than not it is him.
Sadly, the story gets more sordid from this point.
Now that this old story has been brought back up, Irvin's students and associates are under the microscope.
Irvin's combat sambo instructor, for one, has an even more dubious past. He forced his adopted sons (minors) to have sex with him and with each other, all of which he videotaped. He was later convicted.
Phil Proctor, a Lloyd Irvin black belt and the head instructor at TLI affiliate school (Wrightson BJJ in Maryland) came out in defence of Irvin, calling the 1989 rape victim "a dirty whore" who "got to feeling guilty". Proctor has since had a torrent of criticism come his way.
Irvin's top BJJ prospect Keenan Cornelius is being pressured by his family to leave TLI. In response, Lloyd Irvin black belt Marcos Avellan, responding to Facebook posts made by Keenan's sister Chloe urging him to move on, criticized Cornelius's family and his upbringing, suggesting that TLI had been a better family to him than his own, and that Irvin's past should remain undisturbed.
TLI's and Lloyd Irvin's personal Facebook pages have been inundated with questions and comments regarding both cases. So far Irvin or someone from his business has been cutting and deleting anything pertaining to either case and threads on MMA.TV have been deleted as well. Damage control.
And we're still not done.
Coincidentally, with his students accused of rape and his own history brought to light, Lloyd Irvin has been offering rape prevention seminars. In fact, Lloyd Irvin bought the domain name LloydIrvinRape.com in order to direct web traffic to his seminars and away from the story of the 2013 or 1989 rape cases involving him and his students. Yikes. This is profiteering at it's lowest. I wonder how women who sign up for those classes would feel if they knew Irvin and some of his students had been implicated in rape cases?
Probably the worst thing about all of this is that it is snowballing while Lloyd Irvin himself refuses to comment. According to Avellan, Irvin believes his "not guilty" verdict in court speaks for itself. What it seems to speak to is that he was a willing participant in morally deplorable behaviour who got off on a technicality, despite being directly accused of rape by the victim.
One more caveat--the victim claims that Irvin told her during the rape to take it in stride and be a soldier. Irvin's Combat Gold Club refers to it's members as Soldiers of Submission. Takes on a whole new meaning doesn't it?
Sources: bloodyelbow.com, MMA.tv