It’s hard to believe it was only four months ago that UFC President Dana White sat there looking shaken and upset as he described Conor McGregor’s backstage rampage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as “the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the (UFC).”Fowlkes suggested it was hard to take the purported outrage seriously, given that, not only has the UFC not punished McGregor, it's turning a rather ugly incident--which damaged property and people--into promotional material.
In hype videos rolled out at a UFC news conference this past Friday, and aired again during the UFC 227 pay-per-view the next night, that “disgusting” act seems to have morphed into a compelling advertisement for the main event of UFC 229.
Crain's op-ed: an "insult" to justice
And on 8/2/18, commentator Sean Roman Strockyj, writing in Crain's New York Business, called
it "an insult to the concept of justice that the Brooklyn district attorney's office permitted Conor McGregor to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for throwing a full-size hand truck into the window of a minibus."
After all, that's a violation, not a crime. And while he doesn't point to another Brooklyn case, Strockyj notes a nonviolent case in Queens when a Mets fan illegally entered the field and had to plea "to a misdemeanor crime, a ban from Citi Field, and 100 hours of community service."
Strockyj agrees "jail time would have been extreme for a first-time offender," but argues that McGregor should've had to plea to a misdemeanor plus extended community service.
He didn't. McGregor's five days of community service are not detailed in statements by the Brooklyn DA, as with previous cases, but perhaps we'll know exactly how that was fulfilled at a later date.