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Celebrity Slam - Conor’s phone freakout

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It’s always hard to deal with the week after.

While we always have fun here at Celebrity Slam, we are rarely gifted with something so beautifully perfect for this space as the still-ongoing college admissions scandal. Yes, there are plenty of plain, boring, un-famous rich people involved, but we also have Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

There have been developments since last we spoke, mostly regarding Loughlin’s side of things. Her daughter (and notable social media influencer) Olivia Jade has some old posts regarding her general disdain for school that don’t reflect well. Oh, and it turns out that she was partying on a yacht belonging to a USC trustee as everything was going down. Plus, Loughlin has gotten the old heave-ho from the fine folks at the Hallmark Channel.

But we can’t really spend too much time here. We have to move on. Even though subsequent stories almost certainly won’t be as fun, we can’t just live on Operation Varsity Blues forever.

And so, we’re going to talk about Conor McGregor.

McGregor is in the news for all the wrong reasons – again – after a run-in with a fan in Miami. According to reports, the fan was walking out of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach at the same time as McGregor. It was around 5 a.m. and the fan attempted to take a photo of McGregor. It is alleged that McGregor slapped the phone out of the man’s hand, causing it fall to the ground. McGregor followed up by stomping on the phone several times before picking up the damaged device and walking away with it.

The cops were called and McGregor was arrested at around 6 p.m. that same evening at the Miami home where he was staying; he was booked for robbery/strong-arm and criminal mischief.

Neither man was a guest at the Fontainebleau, but the legendary LIV nightclub is located there as well; it’s likely that the two just happened to be leaving LIV (which closes at 5 a.m.) at the same time. We’re sure you’ll all be stunned to hear that the man in question is also filing a lawsuit against McGregor, even claiming to some outlets that McGregor somehow tricked him into getting close enough so that the phone could be swatted or whatever.

Like sands through the hourglass…

Obviously, this story isn’t nearly as interesting as what has come before. However, there’s plenty of derision to be aimed McGregor’s way.

We’ll start with this: the dude JUST worked his way to the other side of that whole debacle where he was throwing crap at buses. He had completed court-ordered anger management classes … although we think it’s probably safe to say that they didn’t really take. So obviously, the next move after getting your legal affairs into something resembling order is to get pissy with some rando and steal his phone.

Also, for a guy who has built his entire brand on swagger and s—t-talk, McGregor regularly proves to be remarkably thin-skinned. To snap so thoroughly on someone just for taking a picture? It’s a bridge too far. Sure, he’s stumbling into the sunlight after what was almost certainly a hard night of partying and has little interest in having his shame-walk be documented for posterity, but you know what? Them’s the breaks. You make yourself a public figure, you have to deal with being a public figure.

Instead of being such a knee-jerk crybaby, maybe try and hold back your baser impulses and try to behave like an actual adult for 30 seconds. Even a modicum of impulse control would save everyone a whole lot of hassle. You want to act like the baddest man on the planet, fine – but there’s far more to being a bad man than stomping on a smartphone every time someone tries to take a picture. You’re less a tough guy and more a tattooed, bearded toddler at that point, throwing a tantrum because someone did something you don’t like and you forgot how to use your words.

So yes, Conor McGregor is a gifted mixed martial artist. He’s a talented athlete and a tremendous talker. But more than anything, he’s a gigantic a-hole. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is his true legacy.

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