Over the weekend, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was involved in yet another SNAFU outside the cage, this time getting into a fight at The Black Forge Inn in Dublin. While this drunken donnybrook alone would justify a serious finger-wag, it seems that McGregor is in far more trouble than initially thought, as one of the men he punched in this scuffle is believed to be a close associate of of convicted Irish drug dealer Graham ‘The Wig’ Whelan.
While credible information on this wild ordeal has been difficult to sniff out, veteran crime reporter Paul Williams claims that the UFC star is in serious danger. Here’s what Williams had to say on a recent episode of Newstalk Breakfast (transcription via Balls.Ie).
“I have to say about this, and I’m wearing my old, veteran crime reporter hat. Conor McGregor is in a very dangerous place at the moment. He has come into conflict through probably no fault of his own, with a group of very, very dangerous people who are tied up with the Kinahans. These people do not care who Conor McGregor is, what he stands for, how powerful he is, they will drag him down into the cesspit.
I would say, in the next 48 hours, if he’s still in the country – and I understand that he may have left the country – but if he is still in the country, I understand from my sources that the Garda will be approaching him to give him a GIM form, which is a Garda Information Message, to tell him that there may be threats to his safety. This is a huge story, and imagine what it would do to our reputation if this national sporting icon is attacked by a bunch of gangsters.
Williams continued on a later segment of the show:
Conor McGregor is potentially in very, very serious danger, I hear that from my sources and from looking at the lay of the land. He has ended up crossing swords- accidentally or however – with some very, very heavy people, or some people who are related to some very, very heavy people who could pose a very serious threat to his safety, and potentially his life. And I don’t say that lightly.
These people, you have to remember – as I keep saying – they don’t care, they don’t have parameters, they don’t have boundaries, they don’t discriminate between whether you’re an international sporting icon or just a man on the street. They shoot you, they injure you, they do whatever they want to do.
I think it’s extraordinary. And I think in the next 24-48 hours, I believe that An Garda Síochána will be approaching Conor McGregor and saying to him, ‘By the way, we just want to officially inform you that potentially your safety is at risk.”
Do you believe Conor McGregor is truly in danger?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 29/11/2017.