Comment: McGregor doesn't have to spend a penny to adopt a bit of class - he let himself down with vulgar Kardashian comment
Call me an old-fashioned softie, but there is something profoundly beautiful about moments like we witnessed between Pep Guardiola and Harry Arter a few nights ago.
The Ireland international and his partner are expecting a baby this week and following the heartache of losing their first daughter, Renee, City boss Guardiola was keen to wish Arter all the best.
Guardiola made a beeline for the Ireland international immediately after City’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth. The pair warmly embraced and Guardiola said: “I’m so sorry for what happened to you and I wish you all the best.”
Sport has an innate ability to unmask the athlete and connect us with their human side, a side so often protected by layers of safety nets.
When Conor McGregor summoned every ounce of his incredible sporting ability to beat Nate Diaz in their second Las Vegas showdown, he endeared himself to many with respectful words for Diaz afterwards.
All the pre-fight vitriol was suddenly buried as McGregor the gracious winner emerged. Just like that moment between Arter and Guardiola, there was a sense of pride being a sports fan.
During the week, an in-depth interview with the Notorious was published in GQ magazine which was, as expected, littered with the usual sound bites and often witty anecdotes.
The Dubliner was wrong to suggest he is not a celebrity because he “breaks people’s faces for money”.
He is box office. An elite athlete of world-class ability with millions of fans who idolise his every move. True to form there was a plethora of headlines from the interview.
We were treated with everything from McGregor’s favourite romantic comedy, Donald Trump, punch-ups, fatherhood and $27,000 (€25,000) Dolce & Gabbana shopping sprees.
And then there was “Khloé Kardashian's fat ass”.
Speaking about a forthcoming trip to Malibu, McGregor said: “Maybe I'll search for Khloe's (Kardashian) big fat ass - she's been floating around Malibu. I don't give a f*ck about them. I just like to see them in the flesh.
“Just see what the big fat asses on them look like."
When asked if he would admire from a distance, McGregor added: “Not about admiring. Admire? Never. What's the saying? Never put the pussy on a pedestal, my friend. I just want to see it. I want to see them.”
Conor McGregor the gracious winner had retreated and in his place we have the foul-mouthed, disrespectful and immature Conor McGregor who seems to think nothing of objectifying women with such a vulgar comment.
McGregor’s rags to riches story is to be admired. His sporting achievements are to be admired.
But he doesn’t have to spend a penny of his fortune to adopt a bit of class. He will be a father in a few months’ time, maybe now would be a good time to start.