For the past few days, Conor McGregor has been the topic of discussion for Irish and British tabloids. According to witness accounts, the UFC lightweight champion was seen in a brawl with three men at the Black Forge pub in Crumlin on Sunday night.
Further reports claim that one of the men punched by a “well-known Irish celebrity” happened to be a “close associate” of a senior Kinahan cartel member. From their end, the UFC has swept the incident under the rug for the time being, since according to Dana White, the news “would be big if it were true.”
But according to Irish crime reporter Paul Williams, this incident should be taken more seriously. Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast (via Balls.ie), Williams says it would be best for McGregor’s well-being to leave Ireland as soon as possible.
I have to say about this, and I’m wearing my old, veteran crime reporter hat. Conor McGregor is in a very dangerous place at the moment. He has come into conflict through probably no fault of his own, with a group of very, very dangerous people who are tied up with the Kinahans. These people do not care who Conor McGregor is, what he stands for, how powerful he is, they will drag him down into the cesspit.
I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he still in the country – and I understand that he may have left the country – but if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Garda will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, to tell him that there may be threats to his safety. This is a huge story, and imagine what it would do to our reputation if this national sporting icon is attacked by a bunch of gangsters.
McGregor may be a renowned superstar in the fight game, but Williams says this will not matter to those who are eager to inflict harm on him.
I just want to make a comment about this. Conor McGregor is potentially in very, very serious danger, I hear that from my sources and from looking at the lay of the land. He has ended up crossing swords – accidentally or however – with some very, very heavy people, or some people who are related to some very, very heavy people who could pose a very serious threat to his safety, and potentially his life. And I don’t say that lightly.
And these people, you have to remember – as I keep saying – they don’t care, they don’t have parameters, they don’t have boundaries, they don’t discriminate between whether you’re an international sporting icon or just a man on the street. They shoot you, they injure you, they do whatever they want to do.
I think it’s extraordinary. And I think in the next 24-48 hours, I believe that An Garda Síochána will be approaching Conor McGregor and saying to him, ‘By the way, we just want to officially inform you that potentially your safety is at risk’.
I think it’s an extraordinary state of affairs. And watch this space.
Just a little less more than two weeks ago, McGregor was also involved in a ruckus with MMA referee Marc Goddard and an official at Bellator 187.
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