UFC star Conor McGregor has posted a cryptic message on social media hours after his arrest for alleged traffic offenses, reading: “Tea always helps”.
The Crumlin-born fighter posted a picture on Instagram with a cup of tea and a selection of muffins shortly after it was revealed he had been pulled over by Gardai in his Bentley Continental GT.
In the Instsgram story, McGregor wrote, “Tea always helps…Muffins too.”
The 33-year-old was arrested in west Dublin on Tuesday night while driving his Bentley Continental GT, valued at around €170,000.
McGregor, who has a number of road traffic convictions, is said to have been traveling on the N4 between Lucan and Palmerstown when he caught his eye.
He was stopped by Gardaí and subsequently arrested for traffic offences.
It is understood his luxury car was also confiscated from him at the side of the road after his arrest, but has since been returned to him.
McGregor, the world’s highest-earning athlete in 2021, was then taken to Lucan Garda Station, where he has since been charged and released on bail.
He is understood to have been charged with dangerous driving and will appear in Blanchardstown District Court next month.
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If convicted, the dangerous driving charge carries a maximum penalty of up to €5,000 fine or six months imprisonment, or both.
In a later statement, a spokesman for McGregor said: “Mr McGregor was driving to the gym when he was pulled over by Gardaí for alleged road traffic offences.
“He passed the drug and alcohol tests at the station.”
McGregor was regularly pictured driving his Bentley Continental GT outside the Black Forge Inn, the Crumlin pub he bought for €2m in 2019.
He’s been spending more time in the capital lately, training for a planned return to the UFC later this year.
A Garda spokesman confirmed they arrested a man yesterday in connection with the incident.
A spokesman told Independent.ie: ‘Gardaí had a night out last night, Tuesday 22nd.
“The man was taken to Lucan Garda Station, where he was later charged. He was released pending a later appearance in Blanchardstown District Court.”
In 2019, McGregor was fined €1,000 but avoided jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a man at the Marble Arch pub in April.
During that hearing, the court was also told that McGregor has 18 prior convictions, mostly for traffic offences, but one for assault causing harm, as well as public order offences, dating back several years.
In a separate matter, Gardaí were ordered this week to release any CCTV footage, cellphone data and toxicology or forensic findings they have collected to a woman leading an assault case against Conor McGregor.
McGregor and one of his associates are being sued by a Dublin woman arising from an incident that allegedly happened in December 2018.
The alleged incident at the center of the woman’s claims had previously been the subject of an investigation by An Garda Síochána.
However, the office of the DPP ruled that no charges should be brought.
McGregor has fully denied any wrongdoing and all allegations are also denied.
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