As we reported earlier, A fan just wanted a picture with Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor, but Miami police say McGregor wasn’t having it around 5:20 a.m.
The fan and McGregor were leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel Monday morning when the fan tried to take a picture with the fighter with a cell phone, according to a police report.
McGregor then slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand and stomped on the phone several times.
Police say McGregor picked up the phone and walked away with it. The fan said the phone was valued at $1,000.
McGregor was arrested on charges of felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief.
McGregor was arrested at 5:56 p.m. local time Monday on the two felony charges and transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He made $12,500 bond at around 10:30 p.m. local time.
McGregor’s attorney Samuel Rabin released the following statement:
“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” McGregor’s attorney Samuel Rabin said in a statement. “Mr McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
(Update: McGregor’s arraignment is scheduled for April 10, per a state attorney’s office spokesperson.)
Per multiple reports, McGregor just recently completed 25 hours of community service in relation to his guilty plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from the infamous bus attack in Brooklyn last year.
WATCH: Footage from moments ago as MMA star #ConorMcGregor leaves jail in Miami-Dade County. He was arrested earlier today after allegedly smashing a man’s phone and taking it. Read the latest here: https://t.co/EdMPjTYBMp pic.twitter.com/hDASDqwV3C
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) March 12, 2019
The latest update is former middleweight champion Michael Bisping released a statement regarding Conor McGregor and Ahmed Abdirzak’ situation.
“Look at Kanye West outside LAX. Kanye West grabbed someone’s camera and smashed it up,” Bisping said in a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast. “He never got arrested, though.
“So this guy’s – I’ll just say this guy’s a bit of a f—king d-ck, to press charges.”
“He’s a very, very recognizable famous person,” Bisping said of McGregor. “And by the way, I’m not jumping to his defense, (I’m) just being real. He has to deal with this sh-t on a daily basis, it must drive him up the f—king wall.
“And who knows? I read in the article that it was 5am in the morning, you’re coming in, you’re a bit pissed. You don’t want a picture of you looking a bit drunk at 5 am all over the place. You’re like ‘No, buddy, I’m sorry. I’d appreciate it if we didn’t do a picture.
“Sometimes, you’re not f—king camera ready, because you know that’s going on Instagram, it’s gonna do the rounds, and they’re gonna show the mates. Sometimes, you’re just like ‘You know what, I’d rather just shake your hand, and have a conversation with you for five minutes, and have a real connection. I’m sure that would be more worthwhile for you.’
“But everybody wants it for the ‘gram,” he continued. “It’s all about Instagram, they want to get that picture. And he flipped. He lost his f—king temper and he grabbed the phone and smashed it.
“It’s not a big deal. It really, really isn’t.”
“Some people, they do push it, though. Some people f—king push it, they do,” Bisping said. “I’ve had them with the cameras, filming you and stuff, and you’re like ‘Alright, dude. Put the camera away. What are you doing?’ And they won’t listen, they won’t learn.
“He did what I wanted to do. Sometimes, I wish I could take someone’s phone and smash it on the f—king floor. So fair play to him.”
In case you don’t know, Conor McGregor was the two division (Featherweight and Lightweight) UFC champion later he was stripped featherweight title and Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor and he loses Lightweight title as well.
After the post-fight brawl with Khabib, Conor handed a six-month suspension and fined $50,000 and members of Nurmagomedov’s team were also involved in a fracas with the beaten McGregor.
Last April, McGregor was charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal mischief after he and others allegedly attacked a bus carrying UFC fighters at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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