Sunday 16 December 2018

Conor McGregor's lawyer dismisses criticism of what the UFC star wore in court and how he left in his car

UFC champion Conor McGregor pictured with his Solicitor Graham Kenny (right ) at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday. Pic: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
UFC champion Conor McGregor pictured with his Solicitor Graham Kenny (right ) at Blanchardstown District Court yesterday. Pic: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
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Conor McGregor's legal representative has defended his client's attire and the way he conducted himself in court after he was issued with a €400 speeding fine yesterday.

The UFC lightweight champion turned up to court in a high-powered BMW wearing a green Adidas tracksuit and white runners.

McGregor (29) had been due in court yesterday morning but sent a solicitor to handle the case in his absence. He was charged with exceeding the 100kmh limit on the N7 Naas Road at Rathcoole on March 31.

He attended the court in the afternoon at the request of the judge who and later posted a pic of himself on Instagram alongside his solicitor Graham Kenny with the message: "Thanks Graham Kenny drag me out of bed but f**k it we look fresh."

He also posted a picture of his BMW with the hashtag, #relaxjudge.

Speaking on Liveline today on RTE Radio One, Mr Kenny said that McGregor meant no disrespect by his absence in the morning.

"Conor is a showman. He wasn't in attendance originally. We thought we could deal with it but the judge specifically asked him to attend," he said.

"Conor didn't intend any disrespect to the court, he was more than happy to turn up.

"He came in, took his place in the queue and waited and we dealt with the matter."

There was a large media presence outside Blanchardstown District Court as McGregor left. Mr Kenny said he was used to high profile cases but had never experienced this level of furore.

"I'm no stranger to high profile trials and normally we come out of the Four Courts and it's a fairly cordial event. There would be several photographers and you could almost orchestrate it with them. What was interesting yesterday was the media were nearly fighting with themselves, tripping over one another," he added.

"There was an issue surrounding where Conor could park which created a media scrum. There were security issues created outside the court, we had to work in conjunction with the very helpful gardaí who were present.

"I'm no stranger to attending what would be considered high profile trials but nothing like yesterday that was exceptional. The worldwide media attention for a parking fine was rather humurous."

A number of callers criticised the clothing the Crumlin fighter chose to wear for his court appearance and the manner in which he drove away from the court.

"I don't think anybody advises Conor on his clothing. He considers himself quite a stylish and dapper individual and that's what he thought was appropriate for the day," Mr Kenny added.

"It's a little silly to focus on Conor's attire in court or the perceived speed he drove off at."

During the trial yesterday, Garda William Dempsey told the court he had detected McGregor doing 158kmh in a 100kmh area on the Naas Road and a fixed penalty notice was issued to him but not paid.

McGregor took the stand and said "good afternoon" to Judge Walsh.

The judge asked if he had heard the evidence of the speed he was accused of doing and he replied: "I can't remember to be honest but I tried my best to pay it. I don't know why it didn't pay."

Mr Kenny said his client was submitting a guilty plea, which the judge said she would accept.

"As is my normal question in relation to the fine I have to ask you a question, how much do you earn? And don't tell me you earn €110m in one day," she said to laughter from McGregor and the court.

"Well, 140," McGregor replied. Judge Walsh then fined McGregor €400 and gave him two months to pay, adding that he could "pay by instalments".

She told him that despite his good fortune in life he should take cognisance of other road users and reduce his speed.

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