OPINION: Conor McGregor gets handled with kid gloves
Are you kidding, your honor?
Thanks to a gift from a tag team made up of a Brooklyn prosecutor and a nearsighted judge, MMA fighter Conor McGregor walked out of Brooklyn courtroom on Thursday with the lightest sentence imaginable for an act of serious violence.
The Mixed Martial Arts star pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and for an incident in which he was caught on camera throwing a handtruck through the window of a bus full of MMA fighters at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Although several people were hurt, no one was seriously injured. The incident rose out of a backstage melee after a press conference promoting an upcoming fight.
For his admission to disorderly conduct, McGregor will perform five days of community service and will be evaluated for an anger management program lasting one to three days. Seriously, Conor McGregor in anger management?
The plea was part of a deal worked out with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. The agreement involves no jail time and will not affect McGregor’s travel visa. He will not have a criminal record.
Had he been convicted of a felony, he would have been barred from entry into the United States.
As it stands, he didn’t even get probation. The deal does include full restitution to the bus company for any damages.
McGregor is an international celebrity. His violent action that night was broadcast around the world. How is possible that District Attorney Eric Gonzalez did not file criminal charges against McGregor? What message does this send to people charged with assault for far less violent acts? Is there one court for them and another for superstars?
Will Barclay allow McGregor to fight again in its arena? Or was this a stunt carried out with the center’s implicit approval?
The 30-year-old Irish brawler knew he got a gift. On the steps of the steps of the Brooklyn Courthouse, he told the media, “I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward.”
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