MMA star Conor McGregor has been arrested and charged with robbery in Miami after allegedly stealing and smashing the phone of a fan who attempted to take a photo of the UFC star outside a nightclub.
TMZ Sports reports that McGregor was arrested after the incident which occurred at around 5am on Monday morning outside the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
It’s believed McGregor was exiting the LIV nightclub, which is inside the hotel, following its closing time when he encountered a fan. That fan is said to have attempted to take a photo with McGregor, who then slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand. McGregor then allegedly stomped on the phone several times, before picking it up and walking away with it. The entire incident was caught on the hotel’s CCTV.
The unidentified fan subsequently filed a police report, leading to authorities attending the rented mansion McGregor and his family have been staying at over the past few days. The 30-year-old former UFC champion was then charged with one count of strong-armed robbery and one count of misdemeanour criminal mischief.
MBPD has arrested and charged Conor McGregor, DOB: 7/14/88, with Strong Arm Robbery and Criminal Mischief, both felonies. Please see arrest report and booking photo below. No additional information will be provided. pic.twitter.com/9HdkRWPnd8
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 12, 2019
This newest run-in with the law follows hot on the heels of McGregor accepting a plea deal on a charge of disorderly conduct following the now-infamous incident in the lead up to UFC 223 in Brooklyn, in which he threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus carrying eventual opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov and his crew.
Crucially, that plea deal did not stipulate probation, which not only would have prevented McGregor from entering the United States and continuing his MMA career, but would have also resulted in immediate jailing following charges in this incident being filed.
McGregor is still serving a suspension from the UFC stemming from the fallout of a wild post-match brawl following his UFC 229 bout against Nurmagomedov.