Conor McGregor’s Apology

Maybe he does get it.

Jim Rome
August 23, 2019 - 9:52 am
Conor McGregor

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For the first time in a long time, Conor McGregor showed up somewhere and didn’t sucker punch an old man, or a bus window or a phone out of someone’s hand. In fact, even better, he showed up, did an interview with Ariel Helwani and he actually seemed to own all of his behavior. Remember this is the same guy who was once on record as saying he would apologize to nobody!!  (INSERT).

This time, a seemingly contrite Conor was looking to apologize too just about everyone.  Starting with the old guy he dotted in that bar in Dublin….quote 

"I was in the wrong. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. ... I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But it doesn't matter. I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility. I owe it to the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother, my father, my family. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That's not who I am. That's not the reason why I got into martial arts or studying combat sports. The reason I got into it was to defend against that type of scenario."

If you’re surprised by that response, you have every reason to be. Because that sounds like a different Conor McGregor. He wasn’t defiant. He wasn’t angry at the old man. He wasn’t blaming the old dude for smashing condor’s fist with his face. He didn’t say the old man got what he had coming to him because he disrespected the former double champ when he refused his offer of a free shot. Sure, he would have been the biggest dope if he did, but he didn’t. And it’s just what he said but how he said. It sounded. I stress, sounded sincere. Sounded contrite. Sounded like he’s owning all the stupid things he’s done since coming out of nowhere to become the biggest thing in the world. 

Look, time will tell, I’m don’t know if he’s just telling the world and Dana White what they WANT to hear, or if he actually believes what he’s saying. Is he really sorry for what he’s done? Or is he sorry for the position he finds himself in. I really want to believe the guy. Just I was really want to believe that he understand he’s on the verge of bleeping it all up, and is trying to change that.

 Again, he has to say all this; the question is, does he actually believe. And I’ll say, it sure sounds like he does.

The thing that has always been baffling about Conor acting like a moron and doing such dumb things, is that he’s not a dumb guy. Far from it. He’s actually a smart guy. A smart guy who has done some really, really dumb things. 

Like punching old dudes in bars in arguments over whiskey.

So Ariel asked McGregor if he has an anger problem.

"I need to just stop reacting to the bait. People are trying to bait me into things. Am I the fish or am I the whale? I must be calm, I must be Zen. I must lead by example. There's so many people looking up to me. How can I react in this way? I need to get ahold of this and, like I said, I'm working very hard to do this."

Am I the fish or am I the whale? Exactly. I’ll tell you what you are. A target. Just like all super famous, wealthy people. A target who someone will always try to hook.  Unfortunately, right now, you’re the fish. And there’s dude throwing their lines off a pier, and they keep hooking that fish that keeps coming up for that same bait. But the fact that he seems to know it, finally and is talking about it leads me to believe he’s done some level of work on himself. And his mind. Something Dana White suggested on this show last week, that Conor had to do.

Maybe Conor does get it. Maybe this is where he stops the bleeding. Maybe this is where he pulls the plane up right before it slams into the mountain. Better be. Because as Dana also said last week, we’ve seen this play one hundreds before and it never ends well: “We’ve all seen this story before. This isn’t new. We saw this movie, we read this book – whatever the deal is. If you stay down that path it definitely doesn’t end well.” He’s right. We have all seen this movie before and we’ve read the book. Many times. And it never ends well."

Maybe that interview with Ariel was a sign that Conor has seen that movie and read that book too. And maybe he wants a different ending. Maybe now, he’ll wake the hell up before he loses everything he worked for. I hope so. Because while no one person is bigger than that sport, something Conor didn’t understand before but does now, that sport is better when he’s squared away. He’s still one of the best gladiator’s I’ve ever, still has one of the best stories I have ever head and still might be the single greatest showmen in the game right now.  You’ve said all the right things Conor: now prove that you mean them by doing the right things. Double champ sounds a helluva better than double dope. I’m pulling hard for this guy to do the hard work and prove that he can be that guy all over again.