Conor McGregor was back to his old tweet and delete ways this week. “The Notorious” appeared to have posted a tasteless one-liner about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s late father and later tried to expunge it from his social media history.
But as he should know by now, the internet keeps a permanent record.
Some see it as McGregor losing his touch as the champion promoter/noisemaker that he was. Daniel Cormier, who’s also a close friend and trainer partner of Khabib, shares the same sentiment with the majority: this one has gone so far past the line that you shouldn’t cross.
“We talked about wives and families being off-limits,” Cormier told his new ESPN co-host, Ryan Clark. “But when you’re talking about a man’s everything — Khabib’s dad was his everything — and you’re talking about him being gone today due to something that’s been so terrible for our entire world, and you use that in a sense to get back?
“I get shock value, and I get trying to get people to talk, but (this went) way too far, to the point that I immediately call Khabib last night and said, ‘Hey, are you OK?’ Asking him if he’s OK after having to see that, especially with no ability to do anything about it again.”
“He spoke to my kids at my wrestling program the other day and said that he was never happier than when he got to fight McGregor on the day. Because for so long, he wanted to get his hands on Conor and beat Conor up. Well, he can’t do that no more because he’s not a prizefighter anymore. So now he has to just kind of swallow that.”
McGregor is losing a lot of fans because of this recent behavior, and Cormier says someone should step in to take action.
“(He) absolutely crossed the line. And I think when stuff like that is being said, I think it’s a cry for help,” the former double-champ said. “Conor has all the money in the world, he has all the fame.
“But now, when you start to dig at that level, it’s like somebody needs to get to McGregor and help him. Start to kind of reshift his mind and his focus and get him back to a better place, and it’s unfortunate.”
McGregor won’t see action until mid-2022 (if he does return), so we’ll likely see more of these social media activities for the time being.