Is it the end of the line for one Conor McGregor?
The brash Irishman, who does at least one of the two things for which the Irish are famous, drinking and fighting, better than most, has landed in hot water following a sensational bus attack that left two people injured and McGregor in a New York City jail.
McGregor posted a $50,000 bail and was released and permitted to return to Ireland after he slammed a dolly trolley into a bus in the build-up to UFC 223 in Brooklyn on April 8.
UFC boss Dana White adamantly rejected suggestions that the affair was a publicity stunt and McGregor refuses to display any remorse over the event.
McGregor was apparently out to get Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor will have to return to New York in June to answer to three charges of assault and criminal mischief. The New York prosecutors must be slipping a bit, as this sort of thing could easily have produced several dozen charges.
White, commenting to reporters in remarks that were picked up by The Sun, said that the issue was larger than simply one of whether McGregor would be fired from the UFC.
“This is bigger than Conor McGregor getting fired, he’s probably going to be a convicted felon when this is over,” said White.
If convicted, McGregor could be looking at a jail sentence of up to seven years, the amount of bad luck one earns for breaking a mirror, according to superstition.
McGregor’s persecutors will not have to rely on eyewitness accounts. The incident was capture on camera, so there is little doubt as to what happened and who the instigator was.
Usually not one to spare the words, McGregor has been mostly silent in the aftermath of the incident, maintaining radio silence and only once posting an enigmatic emoji on Instagram, his preferred social media platform.