Conor McGregor tried to apologize to UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas after he nearly injured her in his infamous April rampage. He made this effort on Instagram, in a direct message to her. Unfortunately, she isn’t buying the Irish star’s apology. She explained why on the inaugural episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
“I did get an Instagram message from him, but I don’t really know if that was really him,” Namajunas told Helwani (transcribed by Chamatkar Sandhu for ESPN). “To me, that doesn’t seem like the type of, it just didn’t seem like a sincere apology from an actual person. To me, I didn’t really, I guess, consider it a real apology.”
“It said, ‘I’m sorry for what happened’ and then it was like, but then he immediately went on to like justifying what he did and stuff like that and the reasons why he did it,” she added. “That to me was like, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what beef he’s got with who. That’s none of my business, I don’t need to know that information. Do you know what I mean? That doesn’t do anything for me. So there was an apology and I’m a pretty cool person and I always accept apologies but to me, I’m like a personal person, I like face to face. That’s how I like to handle things. I feel like anything can be worked out, you just gotta talk through it as adults.”
“I said ‘fuck that‘,” Namajunas concluded. “I said call Pat [Barry]. I just put Pat’s phone number and said, ‘fuck that’ to whatever your message is and call him.”
Namajunas added that she’s also still on edge as the result of McGregor’s rampage, which reached a violent crescendo when he threw the dolly through the window of a bus carrying Namajunas and a number of other UFC fighters. Therapy is helping, but there’s still progress to be made.
“I’m still trying not to leave the house too much, or there will be times when I’m just like, ‘Yeah we should just go home,’ like I just have a weird feeling,” she said. “I live in a very nice neighborhood, there’s nothing that really goes on around here. So, for me to be like sketch — I’m still paranoid about everything. I have a therapist that I go see.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/25/2018.