New York (AFP) – Irish mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor made a brief court appearance on Thursday stemming from his role in a loading dock melee and later expressed “regret” for his actions.
McGregor, 29, has been charged with multiple counts of assault and criminal mischief after attacking a bus filled with UFC fighters at the Barclays Center in April.
McGregor’s attorneys and prosecutors are discussing a plea deal and a Brooklyn Criminal Court gave them more time on Thursday to work out an arrangement.
McGregor was ordered back in court on July 26.
The MMA star apologized in a statement following the court appearance, which lasted just a couple of minutes.
“I regret my actions that led me here today,” he said. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon.”
McGregor then left in a black SUV.
McGregor faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all counts but he is not expected to receive such a severe sentence.
McGregor was released on $50,000 bail following his arrest over the frenzied attack on a bus of rival fighters that injured two athletes.
The Irishman pocketed around $100 million for the superfight he lost in August in Las Vegas against ex-welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather.
Their matchup was one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.