Countering published claims that Donald Trump was contemplating a separation from Affliction Entertainment, a representative for the real estate mogul told SI.com on Friday that the Trump Organization "remains committed to making Affliction Entertainment the premiere MMA league, and looks forward to the January 2009 event."
The statement comes a day after an employee of Affliction Clothing, Todd Beard, was forced to resign when a Las Vegas judge issued a restraining order barring him from interacting with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, his wife Kim, and their attorney, Sam Spira.
Mr. Trump has no relationship to Affliction Clothing, or Affliction Inc., other than the fact that they are sponsors of the Affliction Entertainment mixed martial arts events," said special counsel to Trump, Michael Cohen. "So Mr. Beard's resignation from Affliction Inc., the clothing company, has no affect on Affliction Entertainment or Mr. Trump."
Mr. Beard was never, is not, and has never been an officer, director, shareholder or board member of Affliction Entertainment, which is the company Mr. Trump is affiliated with. So despite the fact that we are certainly not happy with the incident between Mr. Beard and the Coutures, there is no detrimental affect on Affliction Entertainment."
Taking control of a significant stake in Affliction Entertainment, Trump lent his name and promotional clout to the company's first event, July 19 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. That partnership will continue Jan. 24 with Affliction Entertainment's second offering featuring Fedor Emelianenko defending the WAMMA heavyweight belt against former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski.
All of the statements that are rampant on the Internet about Mr. Trump -- Mr. Trump's gaming license, the future of Affliction Entertainment -- are all erroneous," Cohen finished. "They lack any veracity, and whoever was the first one to put it out should be ashamed of themselves.