The other side of the coin.
In case you are living under the rocks, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor was arrested and charged for multiple counts on Monday night after he allegedly smashed and stole a fan’s mobile device in Miami.
“The Notorious” lost his cool following the fan’s attempt to take a photo of him, which led him smashing the phone out of his hand and stomping on it several times before walking away with the device.
He walked out of jail on the same night after posting a $12-500 bail.
Offering no excuse with the incident, McGregor has issued his first statement about the case, stressing that he dearly loves all his fans and patience is something he continues to work on.
Now, the victim, Ahmed Abdirzak, has broken his silence, providing details on what really took place at the Miami Beach that led to the Irish star’s arrest.
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The 22-year old Abdirzak, who works as a restaurant manager in the United Kingdom, was spending some good time with his friends at the LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami Beach when the incident happened.
They were waiting for the rental car when they saw McGregor on his way out of the hotel.
“My friend spotted him on the way out and shouted to him ‘McGregor, McGregor, we’ve come all the way from London.”
“He turned to him and gave him a salute. I said ‘Man dem McGregor’ [a London street expression of friendship and appreciation], and he repeated it word for word, mocking me.”
“It seemed good-natured at that point though, he seemed friendly. I wasn’t insulting him or antagonizing him at all.”
“I don’t drink, I’ve never touched alcohol in my life. I’ve never done drugs. I was completely sober,” he told The Daily Mail (quotes from Bloody Elbow).
Then things turned worse when the victim took out his iPhone 8 in an attempt to take a photo of the UFC megastar.
“He reached out his left hand to greet me, to shake my hand. But then he held my arm so I couldn’t get away,’ said Ahmed.”
“His grip was insane. I could tell he was a professional athlete. I thought he’s going to hit me. I was shocked.”
“I looked into his face, and his eyes were bulging. He was so angry. I don’t know whether he was drunk or on drugs, but he looked f***ked.”
“I just remained passive, I didn’t want to fight. Then with his right hand, he punched the phone. It was so hard I felt the impact through my entire body.”
“He did his swagger dance and headed to his black SUV with his entourage surrounding him.”
“I tried to run after him and asked for it back, but he just laughed.”
“He walked away with that trademark McGregor strut that you see him enter the ring within UFC.”
“I’m not going to lie, I was scared for my life – the guy is a lethal weapon.”
An arraignment is scheduled for April 10, and Abdirzak believes the Irish man should be deported, claiming he is a dangerous thug, who doesn’t follow standard rules.
“He’s a dangerous thug, very dangerous. He lives up to his name – notorious. He thinks the normal rules don’t apply to him.”
“I wouldn’t want to see anyone jailed or deported, but I believe in justice.”
“Coming to the US is a privilege. And if you do bad things you should lose that privilege.”
“I don’t see why they should let him in again. He’s had enough chances to behave himself already.”
(Featured Image Source: Twitter/Miami Beach Police and Instagram/Conor McGregor)