Michael Chiesa Claims Family Has Been Targeted By Mcgregor Fans After Filing Lawsuit For UFC 223 Bus Rampage
Conor Mcgregor’s infamous bus attack at UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn earlier this year caused a lot of trouble to many people.
Welterweight contender Michael Chiesa who received a serious injury to his eye by shards of glass during the attack, that led him to head to the hospital which resulted in forcing the cancellation of his showdown with Anthony Pettis at UFC 223.
Chiesa then decided to file a lawsuit against the Crumlin man for assault, battery, and emotional distress, as well as Barclay’s center for negligence and those who were directly involved in the incident.
Since going public with this matter hoards of Mcgregor fans speaking against of TUF 15 winner Chiesa and according to himself his girlfriend and mother also came under this attack.
“I’m gonna tread lightly with this. Obviously, I can’t say a whole lot. But it just has not been good,” Chiesa told the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “Even my girlfriend and my mom get messages and comments. They’re not a part of this and it’s kind of a shame when — my mom’s a sensitive lady and I do my best to protect her and stuff. And when she tells me about some of the mean things that are getting sent her way it’s really, it’s a shame.
“Anybody can say whatever they want to me. This is about me; this isn’t about my family. And, you know, today hasn’t been great.”
Conor McGregor avoided jail-time for the bus attack after accepting a plea deal with prosecutors, but in return had to attend the anger management class as well as community service.
No doubt Mcgregor’s trash talk played a huge role in his success, but Chiesa thinks this behavior is putting a wrong impression on fans in the long run.
“In the era when it was Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes and those guys, MMA fans weren’t the way they are now,” he said. “They weren’t mean, they weren’t volatile, they weren’t calling people names, bantering their social media; granted, social media platforms weren’t where they were now, but it’s definitely like as athletes we have a fanbase, some smaller than others, where they follow us and they emulate us in a lot of different ways. And I think that when we’re promoting fights by talking sh-t to each other, belittling each other and all that, the fans they absorb that and I think that that’s what creates this toxic fanbase.
“I hate hearing people say, ‘MMA fans are the worst.’ It’s like, I don’t want to say that because I think MMA fans are great but in the same sense I don’t ever see people that don’t like LeBron James say volatile, mean ass sh-t about him. But for some reason MMA fans, they throw a lot of shade to a lot of the athletes and it can be pretty bad.”
Chiesa is slated to make his welterweight debut against former interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 232 on 29 December.
It’s possible that Chiesa might get a good chunk of a cash at the end of this ongoing case.