Saturday 20 October 2018

McGregor 'believed tracksuit appropriate for court date'

McGregor leaves court with his solicitor Graham Kenny (second from right). Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
McGregor leaves court with his solicitor Graham Kenny (second from right). Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Conor McGregor's solicitor defended the UFC star's attire and the way he conducted himself in court after he was issued with a €400 speeding fine.

McGregor turned up to Blanchardstown District Court in a high-powered BMW wearing a green Adidas tracksuit and white runners.

He was charged with exceeding the 100kmh limit on the N7 Naas Road at Rathcoole, Co Dublin, on March 31.

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

Solicitor Graham Kenny said: "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.

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

McGregor attended the court in the afternoon at the request of the judge and later posted a picture of himself on Instagram alongside his solicitor 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, which is worth about €130,000 and has a top speed of 250kmh, with the hashtag #relaxjudge.

Speaking to Joe Duffy on Radio One, Mr Kenny said 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."

Mr Kenny said he was used to high-profile cases but had never experienced this level of furore.

"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.

The solicitor revealed that he himself had been clamped during the court hearing, with controversy over parking arrangements and the manner in which McGregor drove off.

"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 humorous."

Irish Independent

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