Mc­Gre­gor ap­pears in New York court over MMA brawl

Ir­ish MMA fighter con­trite over his part in brawl

Irish Independent - - News - Robin Schiller

IR­ISH MMA fighter Conor Mc­Gre­gor “re­grets” be­ing in­volved in a brawl at a UFC me­dia event which left sev­eral other mixed mar­tial arts fight­ers in­jured.

The 29-year-old ap­peared briefly be­fore a New York court yes­ter­day morn­ing in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent at the Bar­clays Cen­tre in the city on April 5.

The court heard that Mc­Gre­gor, along with fel­low MMA (Mixed Mar­tial Arts) fighter Cian Cow­ley (25), had not yet been in­dicted by a grand jury and that plea ne­go­ti­a­tions were on­go­ing. The mat­ter was ad­journed un­til July 26, when the court pro­ceed­ings are ex­pected to be fi­nalised.

Speak­ing out­side the Kings County Court­house in Brooklyn af­ter the court sit­ting, Mc­Gre­gor said: “I re­gret my ac­tions that led me here to­day. I un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of this mat­ter, and I am hope­ful that it gets re­solved soon.”

He ar­rived shortly be­fore 10am with an en­tourage of se­cu­rity, along with Cow­ley.

The group then en­tered the court­house, where the hear­ing lasted all of a minute.

The pros­e­cu­tor for Kings County, Janet Glee­son, told the court: “There are plea ne­go­ti­a­tions. The case is back on July 26.” A num­ber of or­ders of pro­tec­tion, is­sued against Mc­Gre­gor and Cow­ley in re­la­tion to in­ter­act­ing with in­jured par­ties or wit­nesses in the case, also re­mains in place.

It is highly un­likely that ei­ther Mc­Gre­gor or Cow­ley will face jail terms, al­though both men may have to take part in com­mu­nity ser­vice as part of the plea deal.

Mc­Gre­gor seemed re­laxed af­ter his court ap­pear­ance, go­ing for a cy­cle with his fam­ily around Cen­tral Park and en­joy­ing a pic­nic. The Crum­lin na­tive plans on stay­ing in New York for sev­eral days. He is stay­ing at the ex­clu­sive Man­darin Ori­en­tal Ho­tel where suites cost in ex­cess of $3,300 (€2,800) a night.

Sources say Mc­Gre­gor and his en­tourage had planned to hold a pri­vate party in New York af­ter the court case, but can­celled as the case is still on­go­ing.

Speak­ing out­side court, Mc­Gre­gor’s man­ager Audie At­tar said: “To­day we are fo­cus­ing on the court and we are not go­ing to fo­cus on any fu­ture plans un­til we han­dle this mat­ter. Right now, we are in good ne­go­ti­a­tions with the dis­trict at­tor­ney.”

Ira Judel­son, Mc­Gre­gor and Cow­ley’s bail bonds­man, said that the two-time UFC cham­pion seems “more re­lieved” than when he first ap­peared in court.

The two MMA ath­letes pre­sented at the bond of­fice near the court build­ing im­me­di­ately af­ter their court ap­pear­ance, where they sign on as part of their bond con­di­tions. Mc­Gre­gor is on a $50,000 bond while Cow­ley is on a $25,000 bond.

“Conor had to come in and check in. He’s been re­spon­si­ble for me since the first time that he got ar­rested. He’s been do­ing ev­ery­thing great, his man­age­ment team let me know where he’s go­ing at all times.

“Same thing with Cian. He came in and signed his [check­ing] card, Cian signed his card and the next court date is July 26,”

Dur­ing the bizarre melee at the Bar­clays Cen­tre in April, a num­ber of fight­ers at­tend­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence for UFC 223 were in­jured af­ter Mc­Gre­gor al­legedly threw a trol­ley at a bus, smash­ing the win­dow and caus­ing cuts to a num­ber of ath­letes.

A large por­tion of the in­ci­dent was cap­tured on cam­era, and shows ‘The No­to­ri­ous’ shout­ing ‘Come on, you mad rat’ as he at­tempts to con­front UFC fighter Khabib Nur­magome­dov.

Court doc­u­ments show that Mc­Gre­gor is fac­ing 22 counts in­clud­ing men­ac­ing with a weapon, crim­i­nal mis­chief, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment, at­tempted as­sault and as­sault.

Mc­Gre­gor seemed re­laxed af­ter court, go­ing for a cy­cle with his fam­ily in Cen­tral Park

Conor Mc­Gre­gor in Brooklyn Supreme Court, and later (right) leav­ing amid tight se­cu­rity. Below, throw­ing a lug­gage trol­ley in the Bar­clays Cen­tre in April . Pho­tos: Getty Im­ages

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