Conor McGregor was arrested Monday in Miami Beach after police said he “stomped” on and took a man’s cell phone. The UFC superstar, who recently completed court-ordered community service in Brooklyn for a 2018 incident, was charged with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief.
According to a Miami Beach police report, the altercation took place just after 5 a.m. outside the Fontainebleau Hotel, site of the trendy LIV nightclub, which closes at 5 a.m. McGregor, 30, was said to have been leaving the hotel at the same time as the man, who “attempted to take a picture” of him, at which point McGregor allegedly “slapped” the phone to the ground and “stomped” on it several times.
Police said McGregor then “walked away” with the phone, valued by the victim at $1,000, and he was arrested later in the day at a Miami residence. According to the Miami Herald, the episode was captured on surveillance video.
An attorney for McGregor, Sam Rabin, said in a statement that the MMA fighter “was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement,” and that McGregor “appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation.”
The arrest comes days after McGregor completed the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors last year by working at a pair of Brooklyn churches. The agreement, which also involved pleading guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct, enabled the Irishman to avoid a possible jail sentence and deportation after he initially faced felony charges in the wake of an attack on other UFC fighters and staffers ahead of an April 2018 event at Barclays Center.
According to the New York Post, McGregor performed “menial tasks” at the churches last week, with a pastor saying that the fighter frequently described the experience as “humbling.”
“He was doing physical work — vacuuming, mopping, moving boxes, moving supplies, putting out the garbage and so forth,” said Pastor Clive Neil of the Bedford Central Church. “He was quite patient in rubbing down the brass, polishing with spray and a cloth. He has enough strength in his muscles to do that.”
McGregor, who lost a UFC lightweight title fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October, was also ordered to undergo anger-management counseling as part of the plea agreement. He still faces civil lawsuits stemming from the April altercation.
Strong-arm robbery refers to a type of larceny that involves the use of force or intimidation without a weapon.