MMA superstar Conor McGregor charged for assault, mischief by New York police
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, 29, has been charged with assault and criminal mischief by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
McGregor was allegedly involved in a backstage melee after a news conference for UFC223 on Saturday, and video footage appears to show the promotion’s biggest star throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters.
“The group, which included McGregor and Lobov, vandalized the vehicle that contained a number of athletes competing at the event taking place this weekend,” the UFC said in a statement.
“UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities.”
The former two-weight UFC champion is currently in custody and will be kept there until a court hearing Friday.
The video of the incident showed the 29-year-old Dublin native and his entourage tossing trash cans and guard rails at a bus that was carrying many of the fighters who were scheduled to compete in a fight this weekend.
UFC lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa suffered cuts to his face and head, while women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas narrowly avoided being struck, White said in a Facebook Live interaction with reporters.
McGregor hasn’t fought for UFC since November 2016 and was stripped this week by UFC President Dana White of the 155-pound championship he had never defended.
McGregor profanely responded on Twitter and wrote, “You’ll strip me of nothing.”
He last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.
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