UFC champion Conor McGregor: I was rehearsing for film role when photographed with replica gun
Conor McGregor has apologised to gardai for being pictured with an air-soft gun in a social media post.
The UFC champion claimed that he was "simply rehearsing for a potential upcoming film role" when he was photographed with a replica weapon while wearing a balaclava.
McGregor hit the headlines this week when he was pictured in his €150,000 BMW car with the air-soft weapon. The picture was posted to his Instagram account at around 2am on Thursday with the caption ‘Put the fight game in the bag and step away from the vehicle’.
McGregor has also responded to Floyd Mayweather's racism claims with a strong Facebook rant that includes a message for the media and the Gardai.
Last week, Mayweather claimed that "racism still exists" following the success of Ireland's UFC hero McGregor, and suggested the Notorious only gets positive attention in the media because he is white.
And this week it emerged that Gardai in Crumlin will investigate after a pictures of McGregor holding what appeared to be a replica gun surfaced online.
Now McGregor has taken to Facebook to send a clear message following recent events. The Dubliner thanked the media and praised certain outlets for awarding him fighter of the year for 2015 but the main focus was on Mayweather.
"Floyd Mayweather, don't ever bring race into my success again. I am an Irishman. My people have been oppressed our entire existence. And still very much are. I understand the feeling of prejudice. It is a feeling that is deep in my blood," wrote McGregor.
"In my family's long history of warfare there was a time where just having the name 'McGregor' was punishable by death.
"Do not ever put me in a bracket like this again.
"If you want we can organise a fight no problem. I will give you a fair 80/20 split purse in my favour seen as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.
"At 27 years of age I now hold the key to this game. The game answers to me now."
Last week, Mayweather told fighthype.com: “I don’t really know the McGregor guy, never seen him fight.
“I heard his name actually from one of the runners that works for our company, a little kid named Ken Hopkins, he’s a runner and takes care of a lot of the daily business.
“Whatever we need, he takes care of. He’s a cool little kid, I like him, and he does MMA. He told me about the guy McGregor.
“They say he talk a lot of trash and people praise him for it, but when I did it, they say I’m cocky and arrogant. So biased!
“Like I said before, all I’m saying is this, I ain’t racist at all, but I’m telling you racism still exists.”
McGregor also showed his humble side as he apologised for the recent picture of him holding the replica gun and stated he understands why the media have to report on such incidents.
"I apologise for having the air-soft in public. I was simply rehearsing for a potential upcoming film role," added McGregor.
"I understand that the more traffic a story can get the more revenue it generates. So I understand and respect that the media must create these stories and these situations even if at times it is at other people's expense.
"We've all got to eat. And I eat well. So I will not complain."
Over to you, Floyd.