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Conor McGregor releases official statement following Miami arrest, alleged cell phone rampage

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, was arrested on Monday and charged with strong-armed robbery, a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, after an early-morning confrontation that ended with a destruction of a cell phone valued at $1,000.

Our full report here.

McGregor allegedly blew his stack when mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, Ahmed Abdirzak, attempted to take a picture of “Notorious” outside Fountainebleu Hotel in Miami Beach. The power-punching Irishman was released from Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center later in the day after posting $12,500 bond and it didn’t take long for his official statement.

“Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”

This is McGregor’s second arrest in less than a year, thanks to a Brooklyn bus attack that shook up the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) fight card (watch it). While he recently satisfied the terms of his plea deal, “Notorious” was also hit with a civil suit over damage caused to fellow fighter, Michael Chiesa.

In addition, McGregor was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 last October, a high-profile defeat that cost him the 155-pound strap and several months on the bench, thanks to a post-fight brawl (video) that included SBG Ireland teammate and longtime jiu-jitsu coach, Dillon Danis.

Don’t worry, he’s still filthy rich, but that’s about as shitty a year as you can get.