It’s been a month since Conor McGregor and a pack of buddies trashed a van that was loaded with UFC 223 fighters, their corners, and UFC staff. While many people have been calling for the former UFC lightweight champion’s head, UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten believes that fans should give the Irishman a pass.
Conor McGregor’s UFC 223 Rampage
McGregor and a dozen or so other individuals entered Barclays Center on April 5, made their way to the loading dock area, and attacked a bus which was loaded with UFC 223 fighters waiting to be transported back to their hotel.
McGregor launched a hand truck through the van’s window, injuring Michael Chiesa, Ray Borg, and at least one UFC employee. Afterward, Chiesa and Borg were deemed medically unfit to fight and had their bouts canceled. The Irishman eventually surrendered to police, but was allowed to post bail and fly back home to Ireland.
McGregor is due back in court in June and still must face the legal consequences for his actions, but Rutten, during a recent interview with Submission Radio, said that, while he must face the legal consequences, fans should give McGregor the benefit of the doubt.
Bas Rutten Explains Why Fans Should Stand By Conor McGregor
“We are not in Conor McGregor’s shoes. People can shout what they want, they have no clue what goes on. I think once people realize that you have 50 million dollars – he gets mail all day long from people with sick babies and sick kids and sick my grandma and everybody wants him to give money and so on, so on. I mean, he doesn’t only have money, he is super famous on top of that,” said Rutten.
“I know the stupid stuff I did when I was 28 – I didn’t do that, okay, but he has a group around him and he was already angry going in because they wanted to strip him of the title and he’s angry and now the partner, his friends, start saying, ‘hey, maybe we should throw something against them.’ Like, ‘yeah,’ everybody starts agreeing. Yeah, you get caught up in the whole moment and you start doing it.”
Rutten has talked at length when asked about McGregor. Before talking to Submission Radio, he also addressed the issue on a recent Joe Rogan podcast.
“That’s why I said when I was with Joe Rogan, I said, guys, we should give him a pass. And people online, they were like, is he crazy? I’m not saying that (you excuse everything). I’m saying, yes, he’s going to have to pay for what he did, he goes to court, he has to do all that. I’m not saying that (he doesn’t do those things). Of course, he has to – and I said that on Joe Rogan, as well – but give him a pass as a fan,” Rutten continued.
“Don’t kick the guy while he’s down. Don’t throw him under the bus. He did so much good for MMA. He just needs to find his way in this world. This guy was pretty much unknown four years ago, now he’s one of the most known guys on the planet. That’s a hard thing to deal with.
“I hope they just… give him a pass, don’t spit him out yet. Let him see if he cleans up. I mean, you give Jon Jones a lot of passes. And me too, I love Jon Jones, I want to see him back. He’s such a talent that is gone and I want to see him fight. This could be a guy that could literally go undefeated his entire life. So yeah, I would love to see a guy like that back.”