There’s trouble, and then there’s trouble….Conor McGregor could be in trouble.
I don’t know what it is like to have money exceeding what I could possibly need. I don’t understand the concept of having the ability to truly have anything and everything you could ever desire. It has to be nearly surreal. Factor into that incredible reality the fact that just years ago you had nothing. There’s a song that goes, “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” That could be Conor McGregor’s anthem.
Conor is a 29-year-old man who has the world in the palm of his hand. He is fresh off of a boxing match that saw him earn 9 figures. Think about that, 100,000,000.00. If you were to take that money all in 100 dollar bills, they would stretch the length of a football field. I don’t mean end to end. A 100 yard plus long, stack of hundred dollar bills. It would weigh upwards of 2000 pounds.
All that being said, Conor seems to be grappling with his fame and fortune. He has every incentive to be close to home at night with his 6-month-old son. However, he’s been linked to some recent incidents that could signal trouble ahead. Immediate trouble as it pertains to a possible run-in with a famed Irish drug cartel.
Conor had an incident with Bellator that has been widely covered. He pushed referee Marc Goddard and slapped a ringside official who he felt was disrespecting him. He was out of control, and regrettably, for him, it was all captured on video. While his actions were pretty over the line, they pale in comparison to his latest concern.
The current issue is very serious.
Multiple sources have reported that Conor McGregor was involved in a fight at an establishment called The Black Forge in Dublin’s Crumlin suburb. The media in Ireland initially simply called the man involved “A celebrity” and didn’t name Conor specifically. Conor seemed to take all mystery out of the situation when he posted an Instagram video that said, “The celebrity.”
What others are saying.
Getting in a bar fight in itself isn’t something to alert the media over, however, it seems as if the scuffle involved members of a certain Irish mafia group. In fact, it’s said that Conor struck an associate of Graham “Wig” Whelan, of the Kinahan Gang, in Irish Mafia family. The group has been associated with murders and various other crimes. Speaking on an Irish television program, Newstalk Breakfast, noted crime reporter Paul Williams addressed the circumstance and how dire it could become.
“This is really serious, and I’m wearing my old veteran crime reporter hat here. Conor McGregor is potentially in very, very serious danger – I’ve heard that from my sources, and just looking at the lay of the land currently. I think it’s incredibly unprecedented. He has ended up crossing swords, accidentally or whatever, with some very heavy people. Or some people who are related to some very, very heavy people that could pose a serious threat to his safety and maybe even his life – and I don’t say that lightly. I think it’s unprecedented that an international sporting icon could be found to be dragged down by organized crime in this country.”
“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. 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.’”
It seems as if this is a situation that Conor is going to have to deal with. I don’t think it’s just going to blow over or simply be forgotten. Conor’s immaturity has hurt him before, it could certainly hurt him again in his latest departure from good behavior. People don’t necessarily understand how things work until they’re a bit older. George Benard Shaw once famously said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” He’s spot on. All we can do is hope that Conor can learn from his missteps.
Jon Jones revealed to us the blueprint on what fame and fortune can do to a person if they are not mentally mature enough to control it. The warning signs are there for Conor McGregor, here’s hoping he figures it out before one of his mistakes costs him more than just his career.