When the news broke out, it was initially Conor McGregor who got the most hate for allegedly knocking a phone out of a fan’s hand, and taking it away. Now, the Irish champ’s co-mixed martial artist Michael Bisping is trying to put himself on Conor’s shoes.
Early this week, ‘The Notorious’ allowed
The incident reportedly took place at
MBPD has arrested and charged Conor McGregor, DOB: 7/14/88, with Strong Arm Robbery and Criminal Mischief, both felonies. Please see arrest report and booking photo below. No additional information will be provided. pic.twitter.com/9HdkRWPnd8
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 12, 2019
McGregor was arrested later in the afternoon and was charged with two counts of felony: strong arm robbery and criminal mischief. He walked out of jail after posting a $12,500-bail on the same night.
According to the 22-year-old victim, he
“My friend spotted him on the way out and shouted to him ‘McGregor, McGregor, we’ve come all the way from London’,’ he went on,” Abdirzak told The Daily Mail.
“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.”
Things then turned worse when the victim took out his iPhone 8 in an attempt to record the scene; losing it to the Irish fighter after getting it crushed.
But for Bisping, a former middleweight titleholder who’s also been in the limelight like McGregor, Abdirzak should take the blame as well.
“Look at Kanye West outside LAX. Kanye West grabbed someone’s camera and smashed it up. He never got arrested, though,” Bisping said in a recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast.
“So this guy’s – I’ll just say this guy’s a bit of a f***king d*ck, to press charges.”
“He’s a very, very recognizable famous person,” Bisping said of McGregor. “And by the way, I’m not jumping to his defense, (I’m) just being real. He has to deal with this sh*t on a daily basis, it must drive him up the f***king wall.
“And who knows? I read in the article that it was 5am in the morning, you’re coming in, you’re a bit pissed. You don’t want a picture of you looking a bit drunk at 5 am all over the place.”
“You’re like ‘No, buddy, I’m sorry. I’d appreciate it if we didn’t do a picture,” Bisping continued.
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— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) March 12, 2019
No Big Deal
“Sometimes, you’re not f***king camera ready, because you know that’s going on Instagram, it’s gonna do the rounds, and they’re gonna show the mates,” ‘The Count’ added.
“Sometimes, you’re just like ‘You know what, I’d rather just shake your hand, and have a conversation with you for five minutes, and have a real connection. I’m sure that would be more worthwhile for you.’
“But everybody wants it for the ‘gram. It’s all about Instagram, they want to get that picture. And he flipped. He lost his f***king temper and he grabbed the phone and smashed it.”
“It’s not a big deal. It really, really isn’t.”
Eventually, Bisping shared his own experience; siding on McGregor for dealing with stardom on a daily basis.
“Some people, they do push it, though. Some people f***king push it, they do. I’ve had them with the cameras, filming you and stuff, and you’re like ‘Alright, dude. Put the camera away. What are you doing?’ And they won’t listen, they won’t learn.”
“He did what I wanted to do. Sometimes, I wish I could take someone’s phone and smash it on the f***king floor. So fair play to him,” Bisping concluded.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Instagram/Michael Bisping