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UFC, boxing fighter Conor McGregor negotiating plea deal to avoid jail time after Barclays Center arrest

June 14, 2018 By Clarissa Sosin Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, center, arrives at Barclays Center, on Thursday. McGregor expressed regret on Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena, and is in plea negotiations to resolve charges in the case. Rashid Umar Abbasi /New York Post via AP, Pool

UFC fighter and former boxing champion Conor McGregor spent more time getting to and from Brooklyn’s Supreme Court on Thursday morning for a hearing stemming from his April arrest than he spent before a judge.

In a hearing that lasted approximately 90 seconds, McGregor’s attorney announced to Justice Raymond Rodriguez that they were negotiating a plea deal with the prosecutors and that McGregor and Cian Cowley, another MMA fighter facing charges from an attack on a bus in April that was caught on video, would not go in front a grand jury.

McGregor, who walked into the packed courtroom in a well-tailored blue suit with his chest held high, faced multiple charges including criminal mischief, a felony in New York State. A video of the incident showed a group of people, which included McGregor attacking a bus. McGregor is seen picking up large objects and throwing them. One hits a bus and breaks the window. Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were on the bus during the incident and were injured in the attack, USA Today reported.

McGregor and Cowley return to court on July 26 for their next court date.

After the hearing, McGregor left the courtroom followed by a horde of reporters eager for comment.

“I regret my actions that led me here today,” he said in a quick and chaotic press conference on the street outside of the courthouse. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful that it gets resolved soon,” he said before pushing his way through the crowd and driving off in a shiny black SUV.

 

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