Friday 19 October 2018

Why Dubliner's drama in New York will only help him

Conor McGregor represents all we're supposed to be educating out of young men - maybe that's why he's still a hero, writes Donal Lynch

Conor McGregor. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor McGregor. Photo: Sportsfile
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

At the height of the hysteria around Conor McGregor's arrest in New York last Thursday night, a tweet did the rounds, purportedly from Donald Trump, saying that he was 'appalled' and calling for the death penalty for this 'animal'.

It was fake news, of course, but an ironic little piece of grist to the McGregor Mill - if anyone could appreciate the Dubliner's instinct for spectacle, circus, and button-pushing pronouncements, it would surely be Trump. Both know the biggest media rule: bad news is box office.

Like The Orange One, the main charges against McGregor (beyond those now more pressing ones of assault and criminal mischief) are that he is setting a bad example, that he might be secretly racist, homophobic or both, and that he is making a glorified reality show out of something quite serious. All of these are wrapped up in an ever-present 'concern' for his wellbeing.

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