CONOR McGregor has broken his silence this morning after he was arrested over an alleged fight with a fan.
The UFC star was leaving a hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, when he is said to have “slapped” the supporter’s mobile phone out of his hand as he tried to take a picture of him.
McGregor then allegedly stamped on the phone – worth $1,000 (£755) before picking it up and walking away, according to local police reports.
The Irish fighter, 30, is said to be facing felony strong-armed robbery and misdemeanour criminal mischief charges.
But posting on his Instagram account @thenotoriousmma this morning, McGregor told his 30.5million followers: “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on.”
“Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on”
He added: “I love my fans dearly. Thank you all” along with a heart emoji.
And he can rely on his loyal army of fans to back him, with the post receiving almost 400,000 likes in just one hour and accumulating hundreds of positive comments.
One posted: “You are a role model. Keep it together champ.”
Another praised McGregor as “The true definition of a warrior and martial artist” while one fan simply wrote “Big respect”.
But some fans have suggested the incident could be a publicity stunt.
One commented under the Instagram post: “Stop talking what these dudes do seriously lol it made people talk about it = more publicity and money.”
McGregor and the fan are said to have been walking out of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel at around 5am local time yesterday morning at the time of the alleged altercation, which was captured on CCTV.
McGregor was arrested later on the same day.
He had been in the US on holiday as he prepares for his UFC return.
McGregor has yet to fight since last October when he was defeated by Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But the match sparked controversy after his opponent climbed out of the octagon and attacked some of the Irish fighter’s team.