Juventus coach says Ronaldo ‘calm’ as rape case goes forward
|Toronto Star 11 Jan 2019 at 10:17|
TURIN, ITALY—Cristiano Ronaldo is “very calm” amid the latest developments in a case of alleged rape involving an American woman, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Friday.
Ronaldo is being asked by police to provide a DNA sample in an investigation of the allegation by Kathryn Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher, that he raped her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse in 2009 and paid her to keep quiet.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks on from the substitutes bench prior to the Italian Serie A football Match Atalanta Bergamo vs Juventus in Bergamo, on Dec. 26, 2018. Las Vegas police said in a statement that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities for a DNA sample from Ronaldo in the investigation of a sexual assault allegation by Kathryn Mayorga against the player. (MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
“It’s a private matter so I can only talk about soccer. So I’ll respond to how I’ve seen Ronaldo. He’s very calm. He has trained very well and rested like everyone else — which was needed after four intense months,” Allegri said at a pre-match news conference. “Now he needs to prepare well for the second half and most important part of the season.
“I see Cristiano very serene and calm and that’s what I’m basing this on,” Allegri said when asked if the alleged rape case might affect Ronaldo’s performance in the long run. “For the rest of it, it’s not my job to respond because they are private matters and it’s only right that I don’t respond.”