Monday 21 October 2019

MMA star Conor McGregor accused of stealing and smashing fan’s phone

The Irish fighter was arrested in Florida

Conor McGregor is accused of smashing a man’s phone (PA)
Conor McGregor is accused of smashing a man’s phone (PA)

By Ryan Wilkinson and Alex Britton, Press Association

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been charged with robbery in the US after allegedly stamping on a fan’s mobile phone.

Miami Beach Police said the Irish fighter slapped the victim’s phone out of his hands and “stomped on it several times” after the man attempted to take a picture of the UFC star.

The report added: “The defendant then picked up the victim’s phone and walked away with it.”

The alleged victim, a 22-year-old from Slough, said the phone was worth around 1,000 US dollars (£755).

McGregor has been charged with “strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief” after the incident outside the Fontainebleau Hotel on March 11.

The Irishman later posted on his official Instagram account: “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”

This latest altercation comes after the 30-year-old fighter had a brush with the law in the US over a violent incident at a UFC event.

Several people were hurt when he hurled a trolley at a bus, smashing a window, as it left the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn in April 2018.

Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by shattered glass and unable to compete.

McGregor later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and avoided going to jail after striking a deal with prosecutors.

He was given a community order and sent on an anger management programme.

UFC president Dana White described the fighter’s actions as “the most disgusting thing that has happened in the history of the company”.

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Conor McGregor attracts attention everywhere he goes (Niall Carson/PA)

McGregor has become one of sport’s biggest stars and a global celebrity.

According to Forbes he is worth around 100 million US dollars (£75 million), while his social media accounts show a life lived in luxury on private jets and behind the wheels of high-performance cars.

McGregor left UFC to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in the boxing ring in August 2017, but returned to the Octagon last year, losing to bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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