For the past few days, Conor McGregor has been the topic of discussion for the tabloids around the world. According to witness accounts, the UFC champion was seen in a brawl with three men connected to the Kinahan gang at the Black Forge pub in Crumlin on Sunday night and now his life could be in danger according to top Irish crime reporter Paul Williams.
According to Williams, this incident should be taken more seriously. Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast (via Balls.ie), Williams says it would be best for McGregor’s well-being to leave Ireland as soon as possible.
“I have to say about this, and I’m wearing my old, veteran crime reporter hat. Conor McGregor is in a very dangerous place at the moment. He has come into conflict through probably no fault of his own, with a group of very, very dangerous people who are tied up with the Kinahans. These people do not care who Conor McGregor is, what he stands for, how powerful he is, they will drag him down into the cesspit.
“I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he still in the country – and I understand that he may have left the country – but if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Garda will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, to tell him that there may be threats to his safety. This is a huge story, and imagine what it would do to our reputation if this national sporting icon is attacked by a bunch of gangsters.
McGregor may be a renowned superstar in the fight game, but Williams says this will not matter to those who are eager to inflict harm on him.
“I just want to make a comment about this. Conor McGregor is potentially in very, very serious danger, I hear that from my sources and from looking at the lay of the land. He has ended up crossing swords – accidentally or however – with some very, very heavy people, or some people who are related to some very, very heavy people who could pose a very serious threat to his safety, and potentially his life. And I don’t say that lightly.
“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. And 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’.
“I think it’s an extraordinary state of affairs. And watch this space.
On Tuesday in a media event, UFC boss Dana White revealed he hadn’t spoken to McGregor or anyone from his camp about the alleged incident, initially believing it to be untrue.
“I don’t think its true, because if it was true, it would be big. Conor can walk down the street and it’s big news now. If this was true, I just have to believe it would be off-the-charts crazy.”
“If its true, we’ll end up finding out. I can’t chase all these things around. If they are true, we will get it figured out and we will go from there,” he continued.
“I’m sure it can be worked out, too. Jake LaMotta’s brother beat the shit out of a wise guy, too, and they figured it out.”