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BROOKLYN, NY – Conor McGregor is in negotiations plea and will soon appear in court on July 26 on charges related to his April uproar at the nearby Barclays Center, when the former UFC champion hit a bus leaving the arena. Several rival members of the combat circuit were on the bus, and some suffered minor injuries.
McGregor was indicted in early April on two counts of felony, second-degree criminal conduct and third-degree criminal conduct, and 10 counts of minor offenses. from threatening to imprudent dangers.
With a beard and dressed in a dark gray suit, McGregor entered the court Thursday morning accompanied by his legal team, led by attorney J. Bruce Maffeo, and his training partner, Cian Cowley, who also faced charges as a result of the April fight.
"As noted in the court, we have ongoing discussions with the Office of the Prosecutor and we hope to resolve this matter for the satisfaction of both parties in the next judicial meeting," said Maffeo.  McGregor's court appearance took less time than most of the UFC fights: from start to finish, Thursday's proceedings lasted less than a minute. He was then transported to the outer area surrounding the King County Supreme Court, where dozens of local and international journalists were pushing metal barricades while the 29-year-old Irishman was heading for a series of black SUVs parked along the sidewalk.
A McGregor fan, covered with an Irish flag, was standing outside the press area with two homemade signs. "Free Conor", one read. "The champion does what the fook wants," said the other. Another spectator tried to push through the crowd to give McGregor a laminated photo, apparently in search of an autograph.
"I regret my actions that brought me here today," McGregor said in a brief statement. "I understand the seriousness of this matter, and I hope it will be resolved soon."
McGregor's attack occurred at the end of the availability of the media that leads to UFC 223. It probably originated in a previous altercation between one of McGregor's comrades, Artem Lobov, and the Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.
As captured in a video of the cell phone attack, McGregor and a group of cohorts They broke into a bus with Nurmagomedov and several other fighters. McGregor is seen throwing objects into the bus, including a moving platform, which broke a window on the front left side and sent shards of glass to the seating area.
Two fighters, flyweight Ray Borg and lightweight Michael Chiesa, were injured by the glass. Neither of them was authorized to compete in the UFC 223 event and their respective events were canceled.
Subsequently, UFC President Dana White called McGregor's assault "the most unpleasant event in the history of this company."
McGregor was released from police custody on April 6 after paying bail of $ 50,000. Cowley was charged with one count of assault and another charge of criminal conduct at the event, and was released on $ 25,000 bail.
McGregor's arrest was the last moment in a career full of events, which exploded on a global stage in last summer's fight against boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr., which earned McGregor approximately $ 100 million . Mayweather won the game with a technical knockout in the tenth round.
Although McGregor has not fought in a UFC event since 2016, he is expected to meet with White next week to discuss his return to the ring, according to a report. by TMZ Sports. The two are scheduled to meet in Las Vegas, according to the report, and explain the details of a possible championship fight against Nurmagomedov.