Conor McGregor made headlines for all the wrong reasons last weekend after he stormed into the cage at a Bellator event in Ireland and made contact with referee Marc Goddard.
Following the incident in the ring, Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports president Mike Mazzulli released a statement in regards to McGregor’s actions, and as expected he was not pleased.
Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.
In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff.
The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.
The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.
After McGregor made headlines around the world for numerous days, he finally broke his silence and issues an apology on Tuesday through his Instagram account.
You probably wouldn’t think that this post is an apology post considering McGregor has a smile draped across his face, but here’s what he wrote in his caption.
I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard.
The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over.
After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone.
I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all!
I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.
McGregor also took the time in his post to explain the reasoning behind why he did what he did, but ultimately ended up apologizing by the end of it all.
Hopefully the next time he steps inside a cage it’s for one of his own fights and not to unexpectedly celebrate with another fighter.