Conor McGregor has broken his silence just three days after being released from bail, following his charge of three counts of assault and one count of felony criminal mischief.
The Irishman handed himself in to the New York Police Department after he allegedly crashed the media day for the UFC 223 event with his entourage of 30 men last Thursday (April 5).
This morning, April 9, the appropriately named ‘The Notorious’ spoke out for the first time since the incident, posting a message on Twitter.
The now deleted tweet comprised of a photo showing McGregor seemingly being escorted into a car accompanied by a prayer sign emoji.
He also shared the same post on his Instagram account:
Despite the Instagram post receiving over 400,000 likes in just an hour, people in the comments section have certainly had a mixed reaction, with a lot of fans seemingly losing respect for McGregor.
One user criticised the fighter writing:
Champion my ass… nothing more than a jealous hooligan.
Another angrily hit back at those attempting to defend McGregor, saying:
Injuring a man is loyal as f*ck? More like childish as f*ck. Zero professionalism. These f*cking thugs are rich and can do whatever they want and people like you will support them.
What a jerk this idiot @TheNotoriousMMA is!! Anything but a sports person. Absolutely out of control….a hooligan….so consumed by his supposed 'greatness'…bloody moron. Throw him out of @ufc @UFCIndia @joerogan
— Debashish Dutta (@IndiaNotices) April 9, 2018
I just can’t grasp my mind around people hating Conor McGregor.
— CmoneyMose (@Cory_Mose) April 9, 2018
However other fans continued to show their support and were very happy to see McGregor back on social media.
While some called McGregor ‘the king’, others referred to him as ‘the greatest of all time’ as well as ‘the man’.
Another wrote: ‘There is only one Conor McGregor, don’t change’.
McGregor has been ordered to return to New York on June 14 for his next court hearing, after being released on $50,000 bail.
He could face serious jail time despite having no previous criminal record.
Assault charges hold a maximum sentence of a year while the felony charge could reach a maximum of seven years.
On top of this, McGregor will have to pay for damages incurred during the attack, which led to several fights being cancelled over the weekend.
Three fights were called off following the incident – Ray Borg v Brandon Moreno, Alex Caceres v Artem Lobov and Michael Chiesa v Anthony Pettis.
Lobov, McGregor’s training partner, was removed from the competition for his involvement in the attack.
Although it’s unclear what McGregor’s exact motives were, the incident came after an altercation between Nurmagomedov and Lobov earlier this week.
It also followed UFC President Dana White’s announcement how the winner of the Nurmagomedov v Holloway fight would win the UFC 155lb belt, stripping the Irishman of his lightweight title.
In response to this, McGregor fired a warning shot on his Twitter account early Thursday morning (April 5) writing:
You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing c*nts.
You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing cunts.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2018
Following the attack White publicly criticised McGregor, speaking to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto he said:
You can imagine he’s going to be sued beyond belief. This was a real bad career move for him.
Do you want to be in business with Conor McGregor right now? I don’t think anybody is going to want him right now.
I think everybody is going to be pretty disgusted. Listen, if you don’t like Khabib then fight him. You can do it legally. This fight is happening Saturday we could have done it. You could have done it within the rules of fighting.
But you want to grab 30 friends and come down here and do what you did today. It’s disgusting.
I don’t know if he’s on drugs or whatever his deal is. This is a guy who just had a baby.
His future with the UFC is now looking very questionable.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.