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Dana White on Conor McGregor’s sexual assault allegations: ‘It’s hard’ to ‘be normal’ in ‘that type of lifestyle’


Nowadays, a full year can’t seem to go by without Conor McGregor making the headlines for the wrong reasons. On Saturday, reports surfaced about McGregor’s supposed arrest for attempted sexual assault and sexual exhibition in the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea.

McGregor’s publicized legal troubles began becoming a trend around the time he ascended to global sports icon status. And the way UFC president Dana White sees it, such actions could be a byproduct of living that superstar life.

“That kind of a life, crazy sh-t happens when you’re in that type of lifestyle. You try to go out and act normal and be normal, and it’s hard to do sometimes,” White said on the UFC Vegas 10 post-fight presser (transcript by MMA Fighting).

“I’m not defending Conor in any way, shape, or form. I don’t know enough about the situation to talk about it all. But I do know I’ve gone out with him before, and it’s batsh-t nuts.”

Just to paint a picture of the Irishman’s “crazy” life, White recounted one of the nights he and former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta met up with McGregor in Las Vegas.

“When Conor blew up, he showed up one time at the venue with so much security, I thought, ‘This is f—ng ridiculous,’” White recalled. “Nobody needs this much security. This kid’s going to blow all his money on security. Then me and Lorenzo met up with him one night, and holy sh-t.

“You just don’t understand how big this kid is until you go out with him. He was literally getting mobbed. People were going crazy, screaming, jumping up from blackjack tables, leaving their money there and running after Conor. I’ve never seen anything like that. ... Imagine what it’s like with him in Europe?”

Manager Audie Attar already released a statement on behalf of McGregor, strongly condemning the recent allegations.

I am irate and putting out a warning loud and clear: Conor McGregor is not and will not be a target for those seeking to score a headline or a payday.