Conor McGregor Speaks Out Following Alleged UFC Bus Attack
Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has said that he regrets his actions after a brief appearance in a NYC courtroom where he is being tried for the shocking incident that saw him throw a trolley at a bus full of UFC fighters just before UFC 223 at the Barclays centre back in April.
The former UFC champ was hit with multiple charges, including felony criminal mischief, after video footage emerged of him appearing to throw a sack trolley at a bus carrying UFC fights from a news conference. Two fighters were injured in the attack and were unable to compete as a result.
McGregor was arrested by New York City police at the time and was later released on $50K bail.
At 10am on Thursday local time, McGregor appeared in court for just 45-seconds while his legal team informed the court that they planned to negotiate a plea. The plea is expected to be made at a second hearing on July 26 but the Irish fighter could be facing seven years in jail if found guilty of the alleged attack.
After walking out of the courtroom, McGregor addressed the swarm of media waiting outside, telling them that he regrets his actions and hopes the whole thing will be sorted out.
“I regret my actions that led to today,” he said. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful this will get worked out. Thank you, everyone.”
McGregor has not fought since his professional boxing debut where he lost to five-division world champ Floyd Mayweather back in August 2017.
The fighter became a UFC champ back in November 2016 during a fight with Eddie Alvarez and this fight allowed him to make UFC history, becoming the first man to simultaneously hold belts in two weight divisions.
McGregor is set to meet with Dana White, President of UFC, on June 18 to discuss his future.