Wednesday 24 October 2018

McGregor wanted for questioning by NYPD after violent melee at UFC event

Still from a video showing Conor McGregor and his entourage involved in an incident after a UFC event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Still from a video showing Conor McGregor and his entourage involved in an incident after a UFC event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Conor McGregor was last night wanted for questioning by New York police after an incident in which a bus was attacked and a UFC fighter left injured.

The Dublin MMA champion and his entourage gatecrashed a UFC press conference before attacking a bus at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In video footage, McGregor appears to be seen lifting a trolley and hurling it at the bus. He later appears to be attempting to lift a rail guard and a bin to throw them at the bus.

Last night, a New York City Police Department spokesperson confirmed McGregor was wanted for questioning "regarding an incident at the Barclays Center".

The melee occurred as McGregor's rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was at the Barclays Center promoting tomorrow night's UFC 223 fight, made his exit from the arena's bottom floor.

It is reported McGregor and his entourage entered the building via a side entrance and attempted to climb aboard Russian lightweight contender Nurmagomedov's bus before smashing one of the windows, and leaving several passengers covered in glass.

Fighter Michael Chiesa was allegedly taken to hospital after shards of glass from the window hit him and resulted in him suffering cuts to his face. Shortly after the incident UFC president Dana White claimed the NYPD had issued McGregor with an arrest warrant.

However, an NYPD spokesperson later denied that an arrest warrant had been issued. "There is no arrest warrant," the spokesperson said. "He is wanted for questioning regarding an incident that took place ... at the Barclays Center."

Mr White said it was "the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company".

Irish Independent

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