Irish authorities are investigating mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor for his social media posts before and during the violence that erupted in the Dublin riots last week, Rory Carroll reports for The Guardian. Gardaí are investigating social media posts from various accounts to determine if they incited the mayhem that left vehicles torched, shops looted and dozens of officers injured. Police did not name the accounts but it has been reported that one belongs to McGregor.
“There is grave danger among us in Ireland that should never be here in the first place,” McGregor posted as fires burned on O’Connell Street and masked youths clashed with police. “Make change or make way. Ireland for the victory.” A separate post said: “You reap what you sow.” The day after the riot, McGregor said he did not condone the riots, “any attacks on our first responders in their line of duty” or the looting and damaging of shops. But he said he understood people’s “frustrations” and hinted at a possible tilt into activism or politics. Conor McGregor has accused Irish authorities of making him a “scapegoat”.