Charges dropped against Conor McGregor in Miami phone-smashing incident

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Conor McGregor won't face charges for allegedly smashing a man's phone. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Conor McGregor won't face charges for allegedly smashing a man's phone. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)

Prosecutors in Miami have dropped all criminal charges against MMA star Conor McGregor over an alleged phone-smashing incident that took place in March.

The Miami Herald reported that the two charges against McGregor — criminal mischief and robbery by sudden snatching — were dropped because the victim, Ahmed Abdirzk, had stopped cooperating with investigators. McGregor was accused of stealing and destroying Abdirzk’s phone when he approached him for a photo outside a Miami nightclub.

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Prosecutors released footage of the incident that appears to show Abdirzk raising his phone ostensibly to take a photo or video, and McGregor stretching out his hand as if to greet the fan. Instead, McGregor knocked the phone out of Abdirzk’s hand and stomped on it while his security detail held Abdirzk back. McGregor then pocketed the phone and left in a chauffeured SUV.

In addition to the criminal charges against McGregor, Abdirzk also filed a civil suit, suing McGregor for $15,000. At the time, he said that he was unsure if he would be able to recover multiple photos of his son that were stored on the phone. TMZ reported in April that Abdirzk had settled his suit against McGregor for an undisclosed amount, which might be why he stopped cooperating with investigators.

McGregor didn’t appear in court on Monday and neither did Abdirzk. According to the Herald, the prosecutor said that Abdirzk “does not wish to return to the United States and prosecute this case.”

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