You can’t just go around smashing up people’s phones, Conor.
The Irish combat sports star found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Monday, when it was reported that the former UFC ‘champ-champ’ had took a man’s phone and stomped on it outside a nightclub in Miami.
McGregor has been charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief, and the 30-year-old is expected to attend his first court hearing on April 10. ‘The Notorious’ was released from custody in the early hours of Monday morning after posting his $12,500 bond.
Speaking on a recent episode of MMA Tonight, former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate said she can understand McGregor’s frustration but advised the Dubliner to conduct himself better in the public eye.
“It’s not breaking the law, and it’s not illegal,” Tate said of the man who took McGregor’s photo outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel on Monday, per MMA Junkie’s Simon Samano. “It’s annoying, but it’s not crossing the line.”
“He is a megastar. He has made himself into one of the most recognizable faces … and he’s making millions and millions and millions of dollars. He’s created that,” Tate continued. “So, what I think is that this fan was out of line. He was disrespectful and probably should’ve had a little more common sense to respect the space of Conor. With that being said, I guarantee you that guy’s bought every single one of Conor McGregor’s pay-per-views.
“So figure it out, Conor. Do you appreciate your fans, all of them, the ones that are making you rich, or not? Blow the guy off. That’s kind of what you have to do. It’s the price of fame.”
Tate ended the interview with some very salient advice: “You cannot take a person’s phone and smash it,” she said.
McGregor is also currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The former featherweight and lightweight champ is eligible to return to the Octagon on April 6, just four days before his court hearing in Miami.