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Conor McGregor's Arrest

Lately, he’s had more arrests than he’s had fights in the cage.

March 12, 2019 - 11:52 am

And to answer the billion dollar question in MMA: when is Conor McGregor going to fight again? The answer is yesterday morning at 5am in Miami. 

Let’s skip to the ending first and work our way backwards. The ending is that McGregor was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. 

When you hear that, it sounds amazing. 

Strong-armed robbery? What? Did he have a team of guys in ski masks going to take down a bank vault? Did Conor go all Bob DeNiro from Heat or was it like the Joker’s crew doing the Heat tribute in The Dark Knight?

Actually, it was none of the above. Nowhere near as cool as any of that. And actually, much, much dumber.

According to police, McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach shortly after 5am yesterday morning when a 22-year-old man attempted to take a pic of Conor. The allegation is that McGregor knocked the phone out of the man’s hand and then stomped on it repeatedly. And then took the phone and left.

That is a remarkable series of moves. Knock the phone out of the man’s hand, stomp on it, then scoop it up, and walk off. 

Yep. Because that was going to work. Nobody was going to notice that one of the most famous people on the planet just knocked the phone out of a guy’s hand, allegedly, and then stomped on it and left with it. Oh, well, if he’s got the busted phone, he’s cleaned up the scene. The perfect crime.  

Look, I’m not going to overreact to this and say that it’s the worst thing ever. It’s not. But it might be one of the dumbest things ever. 

How many thousands of times has McGregor experienced something like this? How many thousands of times have fans rushed up on him and wanted a pic? I know it gets tiring and tedious. And maybe he was in a bad mood at the time, but you can’t do that. You just can’t.

There are about a million different ways to react to a person wanting a pic of you at 5am outside a club in Miami and stomping on the phone is probably last on that list.   

If you don’t want a picture taken, that’s cool. Tell him. Or pay someone to be with you to tell them that. You can do that. What you can’t do is knock the phone out of his hand, stomp on it, and then scoop up the pieces and leave. That’s not just uncool. That’s a felony. In fact two. 

Sure, the guy didn’t get his pic and got his phone busted, but you got two more charges on your rap sheet. So I hope that was worth it. But I know it wasn’t.

The scoreboard reads: Pics 0, Charges 2. That’s a huge loss. Especially when you’re still dealing with some of the blowback from that bus attack.

That said, at least this time he didn’t jump on a plane, fly across an ocean and then run a metal dolly into this dude’s phone. So I guess the anger management program he attended as part of the last arrest is clearly working.

And to that point, early this morning, Conor posted on Instagram: Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.

I hope he does continue to work on patience. And I can’t imagine the annoyance of being constantly hassled like that, but it goes with the gig. You have to work around it and work through it. You can’t stomp your way through it. 

Don’t get it twisted. Conor McGregor is still an incredible presence and one of the most electric stars in any sport. But lately, he’s had more arrests than he’s had fights in the cage. And when he gets in the case now, he loses. We might be teetering on something here. 

Fortunately for Conor, people still want to see him fight in the cage, they don’t want to see him fighting busses or fans with phones, or Floyd Mayweather. They want to see him fight other guys in cages. Nobody wants Conor to be fighting the law or the courts, or money may…they want him to be fighting dudes with fingerless gloves. More of that and less running metal dollies at busses and stomping on phones is a good thing. What’s it gonna be Conor? Are you a fighter or a celebrity? A fighter or Alec Baldwin. This is still a huge McGregor house but you’re going to have to show me a helluva lot more than I’ve seen lately.