McGregor appears in court, will enter negotiated plea on July 26
Former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor appeared briefly in court in Brooklyn, NY today, along with fellow village idiot Cian Cowley, and a legal team. The court was informed that a plea would be negotiated, and the next hearing was scheduled for July 26, at which point the plea should be entered. The brief court appearance can be viewed here.
McGregor appeared outside the courthouse and offered an apology.
“I regret my actions that led me here today,” he said. “I understand the seriousness of this matter, and I’m hopeful that it gets resolved soon. Thank you everyone.”
McGregor faces several charges including felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of assault, attempted assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. They are related to a physical attack on a bus of fighters by McGregor and a dozen or so members of his stupidest hangers-on. It took place on the Thursday before UFC 223, and was a response to Khabib Nurmagmomedov and some teammates having words at the fighter hotel with McGregor’s SBGi teammate Artem Lobov.
Sometimes people have words. Sometimes they fist fight. Sometimes groups fist fight. That’s not unusual. Sometimes it’s even laudable, like when a drunk fan called Kamaru Usman a n***er and his manager Ali Abdelaziz started a brawl. Fighting Words are a thing.
What was deplorable about McGregor and his gang was they couldn’t punch straight. The group succeeded in amusing their intended target Nurmagomedov, but a hand truck that McGregor threw at the bus window shattered safety glass to the point that two fighters were unable to fight. UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas was rattled to the point she didn’t want to fight. Further, Lobov was removed from a fight vs. Alex Caceres for participating in the hapless attack. And adding to the frustration, McGregor and troop his tarred by association the great name and reputation of SBGi founder John Kavanagh, one of the sport’s greatest coaches, and a man of notable character.
Then that Saturday night Nurmagomedov defeated a game Al Iaquinta and became the new lightweight champion.
McGregor is not expected to face jail time, but will undoubtedly be required to perform community service. A greater concern is whether his ability to enter the USA to work will be affected. That will presumably be a central part of the negotiation.