It’s official; the Conor McGregor moronathon has now reached peak levels of absurdity.
BBC Sport has confirmed that McGregor has been charged with “three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief,” for his involvement in an incident at the Barclays Center.
On Thursday, McGregor and more than a “dozen individuals” stormed the Barclays Center loading dock and proceeded to throw items at a bus that contained multiple fighters who were scheduled to compete at UFC 223 this weekend.
The incident has resulted in some tragic outcomes. For instance, two fighters suffered injuries, and three fights have now been canceled.
It’s yet another nonsensical act from McGregor, who has recently only featured in MMA related headlines for negative reasons.
McGregor’s actions certainly seem to be have been a retaliation to a recent altercation between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Artem Lobov.
Lobov, who is a training partner and friend of McGregor, was confronted by Nurmagomedov and members of his team at the designated host hotel. Nurmagomedov reportedly confronted Lobov regarding comments in which he called him “a pussy.” In October last year, Lobov also referred Nurmagomedov’s failed weight-cut and said “that is how it is done Khabib,” moments after weighing in successfully.
Dana White confirmed that Lobov “had to move to another hotel” after he was receiving phone calls from Khabib’s team.
McGregor – who now feels as though he wants to defend something – then arrived in Brooklyn, New York, before initiating a destructive rampage.
“They started to attack the buses, throwing trash cans and dollies and things like that — broke one of the windows and cut Michael Chiesa really bad,” White explained. “Obviously everybody’s shaken up… this is the most disgusting thing that’s ever happened in the history of this company.”
While we can all go ahead and declare McGregor’s actions as entitled and downright foolish, perception isn’t exactly a consequence for the biggest star in UFC history.
NBC reported that McGregor was taken into custody at 10:23 pm ET at the 78th precinct in Brooklyn. Hours later, multiple sources released information detailing that McGregor has now been charged with “assault” and “criminal mischief.”
The UFC has released a statement detailing that “the organization deems today’s disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow.”
All in all, it was sadly another embarrassing day for mixed martial arts.
yoooooo… first time seeing this one. Conor has legit lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/XcLFd2FIMo
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 5, 2018