McGregor May Face Seven Years For UFC 223 Melee
Following a 24 hour period which included flying from Ireland to New York City, throwing a hand truck through a bus window, and spending the night at the 78th Precinct, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor appeared before a judge at the Kings County Criminal Court on Friday.
McGregor was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief due to his attack on a bus containing fighters appearing on UFC 223, which is set to take place on April 7th at Barclays Center. The charges could add up to seven years in prison if he were convicted.
Per the New York Post, McGregor was quiet and only would say “Yes, your honor,” when asked if he understood the orders of protection put against him for Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, who would suffer injuries from McGregor throwing a hand truck through the bus window.
Borg suffered a cornea abrasion to his left eye and bruising to his left cheek, while Chiesa had cuts to his face and hand, which would set up two of the four cancelled fights for UFC 223.
“McGregor is captured on video picking up a chair and throwing it to a window on a bus and causing several injuries,” said prosecutor Wilfredo Cotto.
McGregor is also accused of assaulting, Jason Ledbetter, in the head “several times with a closed fist,” court papers said.
An order of protection was also issued against McGregor for Ledbetter.
Fellow SBG fighter Cian Cowley was also charged with criminal mischief, assault and reckless endangerment for his role in the scuffle.
Cotto said Cowley “throws a metal chair to the front of the window of the bus.”
Supporters, including fellow fighter Dillon Danis, packed the courtroom for the arraignments.
Bail for McGregor was set at $50,000 and $25,000 for Cowley — and both men were bailed out by celebrity bondsman Ira Judelson.
While both fighters were able to keep their passports, they must report to Judelson once a week by phone.
McGregor’s travel must also be pre-approved by Judelson.
“My client self-surrendered and when asked the first time to have his friend surrender, he got his friend,” McGregor’s lawyer Jim Walden told the Brooklyn Criminal Court Justice Consuelo Mallafre Melendez in arguing that the athlete wasn’t a flight risk. “He’s the most visible face on the planet.”
Cowley’s lawyer John Arlia vowed to fight the charges.
“It’s quite suspect about the front window being shattered,” Arlia told the judge. “My client wants to testify in front of the grand jury and would be present at every proceeding.”
McGregor and Cowley must return to court June 14.
Video via MMA Fighting
Initial report via New York Post