Don’t mess with Conor McGregor. On Monday, March 11, the MMA fighter was arrested after he allegedly smashed a fan’s phone outside the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
According to an arrest report cited by the Miami Herald, at around 5 a.m., the Dublin native walked out of the resort when a fan tried to take a photo with his cell phone. In response, the 30-year-old “slapped” the mobile device out of his hand, stomped on it, picked it up and walked away with it. The fan said the phone is worth $1,000.
The arrest did not happen immediately, but the incident was captured on camera. Detectives later found him at a Miami Beach home and booked him at Miami-Dade jail on Monday night. He was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief, according to the police. Since he posted bond, he was released from Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after 10 p.m.
Samuel Rabin — Conor’s defense lawyer in Miami — told the Miami Herald that his client “was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement.” He continued, “Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
The professional boxer posted a sentimental message on Instagram after the episode. “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on,” he wrote. “I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that the athlete has gotten in trouble with the law, either. In April 2018, he was arrested in New York City after he threw a hand dolly through the window of a bus that had several UFC fighters on it, leaving two injured. He was charged with two felonies but ended up pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge. He was sentenced to three days of anger management courses and five days of community service.
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