Thursday 23 January, 2020

McGregor in plea negotiations following bus melee

UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor is due back in court on July 26 after appearing briefly in a Brooklyn courtroom two months after he was arrested and released for his alleged involvement in a UFC 223 bus attack.

The UFC superstar appeared in front of a New York judge on Thursday after he was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

The hearing lasted a total of 45 seconds and McGregor said he regretted his actions. He remains on bail and is due back in court in two months.

A prosecutor said McGregor and the District Attorney's office are working on a potential plea deal to resolve the charges from the melee. 

"I regret my actions that led to today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful this will get worked out. Thank you everyone," McGregor said outside the court.

During the UFC 223 media day session on April 6, McGregor, Cian Cowley and a host of other team-mates allegedly stormed the Barclays Center searching for current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The entourage went to the loading dock area and targeted a vehicle carrying rival fighters who were scheduled to fight the following day.

Various videos appear to show the group throwing large metal objects at the bus, including a barricade and dollies. McGregor eventually turned himself in to NYPD and was released on a $50,000 bail.

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