Wednesday 24 January 2018

Conor McGregor has fine for bottle-throwing incident reduced and can perform community service in Dublin

Conor McGregor firing a water bottle at Nate Diaz and his crew
Conor McGregor firing a water bottle at Nate Diaz and his crew Newsdesk Newsdesk

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has had his $75,000 fine and 50 hours of community service reduced significantly by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after a re-hearing.

The Crumlin native, who is taking time out from competing ahead of the arrival of his first child, had his punishment for throwing bottles at Nate Diaz and his team ahead of UFC 202 last August reduced to a fine of $25,000 and 25 hours of community service.

Initially, McGregor was given a $150,000 fine but that was cut in half after NSAC executive director Bob Bennett announced that the fine had been misinterpreted.

“[McGregor] took full responsibility for his inappropriate behavior when he was on the telephone last time [in October],” Bennett said.

“The line was a little broken, but he apologised profusely, not only to the commission, to the fans, to everybody who had observed that activity, and just said: ‘Hey, look, I made a mistake, I apologise, I’m asking for your forgiveness’.

“And I would respectfully remind you that there was no settlement agreement in place. We didn’t have any conversations with Mr McGregor or his attorney as to, ‘Well, this could happen, he may get fined, he may get suspended’.

“No, he just came forward and said: ‘Hey, look, I was out of line, I really apologise, I wish I hadn’t done it’. And in essence, he placed the outcome in the hands of the commission, which I thought was very honorable of him.”

Nevada Deputy Attorney General Caroline Bateman said that McGregor could carry out the community service in Las Vegas or Dublin and Bennett explained that this must be carried out over the next six months and could include gym visits and speaking to young people.

If McGregor pays the revised fine, he is free to pursue a boxing licence in Nevada and this could pave the way for a super fight with Floyd Mayweather in Vegas.

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