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Monday 18 December 2017

'Conor is a showman, he meant no disrespect to court' - McGregor lawyer

Conor McGregor at court
Conor McGregor at court

Conor McGregor's solicitor took to the nation's airwaves yesterday to defend the UFC champion's outfit and behaviour during his court appearance on Thursday.

Graham Kenny defended his client's decision to wear a €150 tracksuit to court to face a speeding charge, and insisted McGregor's Instagram post, "#relaxjudge" meant no disrespect.

"I don't think anybody advises Conor on his clothing. He considers himself quite a stylish, dapper individual and that's what he thought was appropriate for the day. I mean he is, like I said, a showman," said Mr Kenny.

He denied the fighter wore the dark green outfit as "backing" for the Adidas brand.

Fashion

"I'm not saying that but he's certainly conscious of what he wears. I trust his own fashion sense. I generally leave my clients to decide how they wish to dress," he told RTE's Liveline.

Mr Kenny added that McGregor hadn't expected to be called to court in Blanchardstown on Thursday morning.

"We initially thought that he wouldn't be expected at court so he made an exception to attend and that's what he had on him," he said.

"The judge doesn't normally comment on people's attire when they're in the box."

The Dublin-based solicitor also defended Conor's post on Instagram.

"He was very respectful to the judge. He set out his evidence and was happy to pay the fine," said Mr Kenny, adding he suspects McGregor was "deeply relieved" after dealing with the matter.

"Court is a daunting place for everybody - celebrity or otherwise. He has the same range of emotions as everybody else so I didn't ask him but I'm sure he was deeply relieved it was over."

He also said he predicted the UFC champion will fight again soon.

On Thursday, McGregor laughed off reports he was involved in a brawl in a Crumlin pub with a relative of a senior Kinahan Cartel member, claiming, "It's all b*****ks" as he left court after being fined €400 for speeding.

The former plumber turned up at Blanchardstown District Court after being compelled to by the judge in the case.

Consultation

McGregor arrived at the court in a 2016 BMW i8 sports car worth in the region of €150,000, wearing a green Adidas tracksuit and spent some time in a consultation room with his solicitor.

Garda William Dempsey told the court that he had detected McGregor doing 158kmh in a 100kmh area on the Naas Road at Rathcoole on March 31 this year. A fixed penalty notice was issued to him but not paid.

Judge Walsh then fined McGregor €400 and gave him two months to pay, adding that he could "pay by instalments".

She then said he should take cognisance of other road users and reduce his speed.

"Yes, I apologise for that. I wanted to show my respect by showing up here today, and I apologise. I'll pay the fine, thank you," he replied.

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