McGregor’s gets charges dropped over Miami cell phone smash
It looks like the UFC superstar won’t be facing any further legal repercussions stemming from a march incident in which he allegedly smashed a man’s cell phone.
It looks like at least one of the pending criminal investigations hanging over Conor McGregor is now behind him. ESPN reports that all charges have been dropped against the UFC superstar and former two-division champion, stemming from a March incident in which he allegedly swiped a man’s cell phone before throwing it to the ground and stomping on it.
McGregor had faced one count of felony theft, and one misdemeanor for criminal mischief due to his alleged actions, which were caught on video.
However following the filing of a civil lawsuit, in which Ahmed Abdirzak – the alleged victim – sought over $15,000 in damages, legal action between McGregor and Abdirzak, and the state of Florida, appears to have been settled.
“The victim of the crime does not wish to return to the United States and prosecute this case,” Assistant State Attorney Khalil Madani said when speaking of the State’s decision to drop charges against McGregor.
“Based on the witness’s credibility issues, his unwillingness to respond to a subpoena and the inability of the witness to testify as to his subjective mindset, the State of Florida cannot prove the charges against Mr. McGregor beyond a reasonable doubt,”
For his part, Abdirzak reportedly claims to have “been made whole” by McGregor. His civil suit was dropped back in April.
The ‘Notorious’ fighter may still be facing an investigation for sexual assault, stemming from an alleged incident in December, however—as reported by the New York Times, back in March. The reporting of those allegations was immediately preceded by McGregor’s own proclamation that he was retiring from mixed martial arts. No further information on the investigation has been made public and, to date, no charges have been filed against McGregor. In the weeks since, McGregor has increasingly made it clear that he plans on returning to UFC competition sometime in the near future.
McGregor had also been under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his role in the UFC 229 post fight brawl, involving Khabib Nurmagomedov and members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage—who rushed the cage following Nurmagomedov’s victory over McGregor in their lightweight title fight. That suspension should have expired on April 6th, leaving the Irishman free to return to competition if and when he wishes to do so.