McGre­gor team­mate de­nies in­cit­ing Nur­magome­dov with anti-Mus­lim slur

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The team­mate of Conor McGre­gor who was the tar­get when Khabib Nur­magome­dov leaped from the cage at UFC 229 is deny­ing he in­cited the Rus­sian fighter with an anti-Mus­lim slur. Dil­lon Da­nis de­scribed re­ports that he made the com­ments as a “smear,” and he said an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the en­su­ing melee would vin­di­cate him.

Da­nis, McGre­gor’s jiu-jitsu coach and an MMA fighter in his own right, was work­ing Satur­day as one of the Ir­ish fighter’s cor­ner­men when Nur­magome­dov punc­tu­ated his suc­cess­ful UFC light­weight ti­tle de­fence by climb­ing out of the oc­tagon and jump­ing into the crowd. Af­ter be­ing led away from the skir­mish, Nur­magome­dov had his $2-mil­lion purse with­held by the Ne­vada State Ath­letic Com­mis­sion pend­ing an in­quiry into the in­ci­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port Mon­day by TMZ Sports, which cited a “ring­side wit­ness,” Da­nis had en­raged Nur­magome­dov by calling him a “f-ing Mus­lim rat.” The wit­ness told the web­site Nur­magome­dov, a prac­tis­ing Sunni Mus­lim, “shot a death stare right at Dil­lon” be­tween the sec­ond and third rounds af­ter hear­ing some of the in­sults Da­nis was al­legedly hurl­ing at him.

“I have never and would never den­i­grate any­one’s re­li­gion,” Da­nis said, in a state­ment pub­lished by ESPN. Vladimir Putin weighs in. Read more at thes­tar.com/sports

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Fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions from a wit­ness, a mem­ber of Conor McGre­gor’s team says he would never den­i­grate any­one’s re­li­gion.

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