Conor McGregor is being sued for hitting security guard with a can
I know guys, I know, I thought there wouldn't be anymore Conor McGregor news for a while as well, but it seems he just can't help but put himself in the headlines.
Fresh off the back of winning millions of dollars after his mega-fight against Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Conor McGregor is now facing a lawsuit for throwing a can of energy drink at a security guard during a heated press conference. The incident took place before his fight with Nate Diaz in August last year, and it's safe to say that the way the figures have been calculated is pretty weird, if not slightly brilliant.
It was a pretty unforgettable incident when it happened; McGregor turned up late to the press conference before the big fight, which annoyed Diaz and led to him storming out of the room in a huff. However, not content to just leave quietly, Diaz and his entourage began gesticulating to the Irish star, who was never going to take their taunts lying down.
Then, Diaz appears to throw something in the direction of the Dubliner, leading to him to completely lose his cool and launch a variety of different missiles in the direction of Diaz and his team, before being dragged away to calm down.
In the footage that was recorded of the testosterone-fuelled incident, Dana White, the President of the UFC, can be heard warning Conor not to throw anything before he completely ignores his warnings and begins his tirade.
McGregor was fined and had to perform community service for his part in the incident, but according to reports, he is about to be punished further for his actions. A security guard who was at the conference is suing the MMA fighter, saying that he was hit by the can of Monster and had to undergo medical treatment as a result of his injuries.
William Pegg claims that he was hit in the back of his head, near his shoulder, by the can and says that he incurred medical costs of close to $5,000 as a result. Not done there though, Pegg is also seeking damages and will be asking for a further $90,000 from the Crumlin-born fighter, who is now worth millions. Now, if you're anything like me, you're probably thinking two things: "$95,000 for getting a can launched at my head? Urmm yes please, I'll have some of that!" and "How on earth did he work out those figures? It seems a bit steep!"
Well, here's the maths.
Pegg says that because McGregor made $15 million from the fight with Diaz, during which he was hit by the American 166 times, he should be entitled to $15 million divided by 166. I know, I don't really get it either, but apparently that equates to $90,000, with the extra $5,000 being made up from his medical expenses.
McGregor's lawyers have unsurprisingly filed a response denying any responsibility but it's fair to say that given the amount of money he made from his fight against Mayweather, he won't be too worried about this case.