June 22nd, 2018

MMA star McGregor says he regrets Brooklyn melee


By Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press on June 14, 2018.

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor leaves a Brooklyn Supreme court, Thursday, June 14, 2018, in New York. McGregor is in plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena. The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian Cowley remained free on bail after a brief court appearance on Thursday. They are due back in court July 26. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK – Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he regrets getting into a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena and hopes to have his U.S. court case resolved soon.

McGregor spoke outside court after a brief hearing Thursday.

A prosecutor said plea negotiations are ongoing.

The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian (KEE’-uhn) Cowley remain free on bail.

Video footage showed McGregor hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a press conference for UFC 223 at Barclays Center in April.

Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by shattered glass and unable to compete.

The defendants are due back in court July 26.

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