Conor McGregor, who gained some popularity after fighting the undefeated boxer, Floyd Mayweather, is now facing criminal charges after he and his team of men rushed a bus at the Barclays Center in NY. McGregor along with Cian Cowley and Artem Lobov showed up at the location that would host UFC 223 and once they got inside, they managed to make their way to the loading dock [Source: MMA Junkie].
Once McGregor and his “entourage” got to the loading dock, they rushed a bus that was loaded with UFC 223 fighters in search of Khabib Nurmagomedov who was scheduled to take on featherweight champion Max Holloway in the main event. Many are assuming that one of the reasons why McGregor and his team decided to pursue the bus full of fighters is because of a possible altercation that went down between Khabib and Artem, McGregor’s close friend. Aside from the altercation, McGregor would be stripped of the title he won back in November 2016 after a winner was named in UFC 223.
Between the fight Artem had with Khabib and the fact that McGregor would soon be losing the lightweight title may have contributed to the rage he displayed when he was caught on camera throwing a security barricade and a wheeled dolly at the bus that was suspected to be carrying Khabib. Unfortunately, his violent behavior led to many individuals sustaining injuries. Michael Chiesa suffered a laceration on his forehead and Ray Borg was left with glass in his eye.
Both men were removed from the fights they were scheduled to take part in. The three fights were scrapped as a result of McGregor and his crew’s attack.
After police were notified of the crime, McGregor eventually turned himself in. He has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief and his immigration visa could be on the line. His teammate, Cian Cowley, was charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief. McGregor appeared in court wearing the same clothes he had on the night he was booked.
McGregor is Granted $50,000 Bail
Although he is currently out on $50,000 bail, he is due back in court on June 14th. MMA Junkie reported that the judge overseeing the case issued orders of protection to several individuals who were victimized by McGregor and Cowley’s rampage including Michael Chiesa and Ray Borge. In total, four people were sent to the hospital because of McGregor and his team’s outburst and photos were taken of all the injuries to serve as evidence in his case.
Both McGregor and Cowley have hired criminal defense attorneys to represent them in the matter and are ready to refute the charges that were placed against the men. McGregor’s NY defense attorney has already spoken up and stated that his bail package was “completely appropriate” as he’s the “most visible face on the planet” and has no criminal history. As a part of the bail agreement, McGregor has been granted permission to leave the country as long as he checks in and he is allowed to keep his passport. Perhaps this is a clear indicator as to why a person should hire a reputable and aggressive criminal defense lawyer after being criminally charged.
Until June 14th arrives, McGregor will still be a free man and allowed to travel the world.