I RE­GRET ‘BUS AS­SAULT’

Mcgre­gor in New York court bat­tle over melee that left two ri­val fight­ers in­jured

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRISTO­PHER BUCKTIN

CONOR Mcgre­gor has said he is re­morse­ful over a bus at­tack that left two ri­val fight­ers in­jured.

Speak­ing out­side court in New York yes­ter­day, the No­to­ri­ous, 29, added: “I re­gret my ac­tions that led to to­day.”

The UFC hero’s state­ment came af­ter prose­cu­tors told the judge talks for a plea deal were tak­ing place.

I un­der­stand how se­ri­ous this is and I am hope­ful this will get worked out CONOR MCGRE­GOR NEW YORK YES­TER­DAY

CONOR Mcgre­gor is ne­go­ti­at­ing a plea deal over an at­tack that left two ri­val MMA fight­ers in­jured, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing out­side a New York court af­ter his sec­ond ap­pear­ance be­fore a judge, the 29-year-old Dubliner said: “I re­gret my ac­tions that led to to­day.

“I un­der­stand the se­ri­ous­ness of this mat­ter and I am hope­ful this will get worked out.”

The No­to­ri­ous’ man­ager Audie At­tar at­tended the hear­ing, along­side New Jer­sey-based pub­li­cist Karen Kessler.

Speak­ing out­side af­ter­wards, At­tar said: “Right now we are in good ne­go­ti­a­tions with the District At­tor­ney.”

Mcgre­gor’s brief state­ment came mo­ments af­ter prose­cu­tors told Judge Ray­mond Ro­driguez ne­go­ti­a­tions for a plea deal were tak­ing place.

The mil­lion­aire cage fighter and fel­low Dublin com­peti­tor Cian Cow­ley, who both face three as­sault charges and one of crim­i­nal mis­chief, said noth­ing dur­ing the 90-sec­ond hear­ing.

The fourth-floor court­room was packed as Mcgre­gor, wear­ing a blue check suit, pat­terned tie and pale blue shirt, strode in along­side 25-year-old Cow­ley.

Judge Ro­driguez ad­journed the hear­ing un­til July 26, con­tin­ued Mcgre­gor’s $50,000 bail and Cow­ley’s $25,000 bail and ex­tended the order of pro­tec­tion bar­ring ei­ther man from con­tact­ing wit­nesses.

Mcgre­gor turned him­self in to a Brook­lyn po­lice sta­tion in April af­ter he was cap­tured on video hurl­ing a metal se­cu­rity bar­rier and other ob­jects at a bus full of ri­vals at the Bar­clays Cen­ter in Brook­lyn.

The melee, in­volv­ing 20 to 30 men, left fight­ers Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg with lac­er­a­tions and threw that week­end’s UFC223 tour­na­ment into chaos af­ter they were ruled med­i­cally un­fit to take part.

The fra­cas is al­leged to have stemmed from a feud be­tween Mcgre­gor and ri­val Khabib Nir­magome­dov, who was sit­ting on the bus when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

The two-weight Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship win­ner Mcgre­gor and Cow­ley, who scored his first pro­fes­sional vic­tory at the week­end, are be­lieved to have flown into New York by pri­vate jet on Tues­day ahead of their court ap­pear­ance.

Mcgre­gor – re­cently named fourth on Forbes’ high­est-paid ath­letes list – and Cow­ley ar­rived and left the court in a chauf­feur­driven black SUV with tinted win­dows.

Sev­eral fans gath­ered out­side the court, in­clud­ing a man wrapped in an Irish flag who was hold­ing a sign read­ing: “The champ does what the fook he wants.”

IN THE DOCK Conor yes­ter­day

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