MIAMI (AP) – Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor is facing a civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cell phone of someone who was trying to take his photo.
Miami-Dade County court records show that 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak filed a lawsuit seeking more than $15,000 on Thursday, accusing 30-year-old McCregor of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Miami Beach police say McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach early Monday morning when Abdirzak attempted to take a picture of McGregor. Police say McGregor slapped the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and then stomped on it several times. Investigators say McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area. McGregor was later arrested on robbery and criminal mischief charges.
McGregor’s criminal defense attorney called the lawsuit “a quick effort seeking a payday.”
McGregor’s arrest in Miami is just his latest run-in with the law. Last July, McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct as part of a deal to avoid jail time for his infamous Brooklyn bus attack at UFC 223. Earlier this month, McGregor completed anger management and five days of community service by cleaning up churches.
McGregor is currently serving a six-month suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in the infamous brawl at UFC 229 following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s eligible to return to the octagon after April 6.
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MMA Junkie staff contributed to this report.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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