Just days after closing the door on his last legal troubles, Conor McGregor is again in hot water, this time for smashing a fan’s cell phone in Florida.
Conor McGregor is back in hot water again. On Monday, news broke that McGregor had been arrested in Florida, after an altercation in a resort saw him grab a man’s phone, smash it, and walk off with the device. The Miami Herald first reported the news, which Cageside Press has been able to independently verify.
McGregor was booked on felony charges of strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, according to a listing in the Miami-Dade Criminal Justice System. According to the initial report by the Herald, the incident transpired at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, home to the LIV nightclub. Sometime past 5AM Monday morning, a fan approached McGregor, cell phone in hand, looking to snap a photo. McGregor allegedly slapped the phone out of the man’s hand, stomped on it, and pocketed the device.
Police later arrested McGregor at a residence in Miami Beach. His lawyer, in a statement to the paper, said that the former UFC champion “was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
It was just days ago that McGregor finished community service stemming from the infamous bus attack in Brooklyn, leading into UFC 223. The star was also involved in a brawl following his main event battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, for which he recently received a six month suspension backdated to October, when the altercation took place.
McGregor has not won in the UFC since defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205. That win allowed him to become the first dual-champion (simultaneous) in UFC history. He was later stripped of both the featherweight and lightweight belts, failing to defend either.