The father of the man whose cellphone allegedly was smashed by Conor McGregor wasn’t really a fan of the Irish star before Monday.
But now the man, Mahamad Abdirzak, is convinced McGregor is a thug and has given a shoutout to the man who made him tap out at UFC 229.
“What McGregor did is exactly in his character,” Mahamad Abdirzak told the Daily Mail. “He’s an angry man. I’m not a fan of his at all. I prefer Khabib (Nurmagomedov). He’s the fighter I like to watch, not McGregor.”
The U.K. newspaper caught up with Abdirzak after his son, Ahmed Abdirzak, went to police claiming McGregor slapped a $1,000 cellphone out of his hand when they both were exiting the Fountainebleu in Miami. McGregor then allegedly stomped on the phone before taking off with it.
Video from the LIV nightclub where McGregor was partying shows him arguing with a man and dancing with multiple women. He reportedly was surrounded by fans when the incident happened.
Police arrested McGregor late Monday afternoon at the hotel on charges of strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief; the charges are second- and third-degree felonies, respectively.
Abdirzak’s brother, Noah, said Ahmed works at the family’s Somalian restaurant in London. Noah said his brother is in Miami on a week-long vacation and is a fan of McGregor’s – hence the photo opportunity.
But now, Noah Abdirzak said, his brother is “very shaken” and “very upset” by what happened.
McGregor, 30, is due back in court on April 10 for an arraignment on the charges. He faces up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines for the robbery charge. He faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for the criminal mischief charge due to the value of the property allegedly destroyed. Given McGregor’s first-time offender status in Florida and legal resources, it’s unlikely he’ll face jail time.
Video footage of McGregor leaving jail showed him wearing a T-shirt from his line of clothing.
A spokeswoman for McGregor’s attorney, Samuel Rabin, issued a statement to MMA Junkie that said: “Early this morning Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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