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‘Unbelievable that he’s apologizing’: Poirier quells McGregor row after accusing UFC rival of breaking $500K charity promise

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has apologized for his ugly public spat with Conor McGregor after accusing the Irishman of reversing a promise to donate $ 500,000 to Poirier’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

“I am very passionate about my charity as you all know. I jumped the gun and took private matters between Conor & my foundation public. My mistake, we live, we learn,” Poirier tweeted on Wednesday. 

“Spreading positivity & doing good is my goal! I feel like I have brought a negative energy and personal opinions into something I am working so hard on that gives people a reason to cheer and smile. I will take this in stride and continue to fight the Good Fight.”     

The UFC announced on Wednesday that a trilogy fight between Poirier and McGregor was official for July 10 and would take place at UFC 264 in front of a full house of fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

That came despite McGregor suggesting he would pull out of the bout, accusing Poirier of “smearing” his name by publicly shaming the Dubliner and accusing him of not following through on a charity promise he made before their January rematch.
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Poirier had claimed McGregor and his team had “ghosted” their requests for a payment pledged to the American star’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

The furious Irish former two-weight champion hit back by asserting that Poirier’s team had never sent concrete plans for where the money would end up.

“My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting a** shelling a** bitch. Little b*tch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re f*cked,” a furious McGregor tweeted at Poirier.

After Poirier’s apology, some fans claimed ‘The Diamond’ should not have been the one to blink first in the row. 

“Unbelievable that Dustin is the one apologizing,” tweeted one popular MMA account. 

“You did nothing wrong. This is on Conor and him trying to navigate dealing with his ‘new money’. He wears a million dollar watch and rents a yacht for more than he offered to your charity. He had the money,” added another. 

Some fans defended McGregor, however, with one reply reading: “Who gives a f*ck whether he has the money or not, you don’t just send $ 500K to anyone without knowing what it would be used for. Plenty of non profits use the label to line their own pockets through paid expenses and salaries.”

READ MORE: Next please? Fighters call out McGregor as replacements for UFC 264 – but ex-champ Cormier predicts Poirier rematch will go ahead

The scores are level at 1-1 between the pair after Poirier handed McGregor his first-ever KO defeat inside the cage when they rematched at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi in January.

Sharing the news that the trilogy was official, the official UFC Twitter account wrote: “Let’s settle it in the octagon.”

Poirier passed up a shot at the lightweight title vacated by Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, instead opting for another lucrative payday against McGregor.
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U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar joins lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of inciting Capitol riot

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar[1], D-El Paso, joined nine other congressional Democrats on Wednesday in adding their names to a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for conspiring with right-wing extremists to incite a riot at the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 election results.

The lawsuit was initially filed by the NAACP, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi and civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in mid-February[2]. It argues that Trump, Giuliani and extremist groups like the Proud Boys violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act, which was “in response to KKK violence and intimidation preventing Members of Congress in the South during Reconstruction from carrying out their constitutional duties,” according to the NAACP[3].

The amended complaint adds into the record statements from members of Congress who were inside the Capitol as rioters stormed the building, essentially helping the plaintiffs build their case against Trump and Giuliani.

In Escobar’s statement[4], she recounts receiving text messages from her family asking if she was safe and noticing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other people being escorted away by law enforcement officers. She recalls hearing shouts, banging from the outside, being instructed by police to wear a gas mask and how “her heart began racing” as the riot unfolded.

“Her fears were heightened even further when the Capitol Police informed her that tear gas had been released in Statuary Hall and she realized she did not know how to properly wear the gas mask provided her,” according to the amended complaint.

Escobar, along with the other members of Congress at the Capitol, were all eventually evacuated to the opposite side of the House gallery and had to lie down on the floor, according to her account. She recalled seeing Capitol police standing behind a door barricaded by furniture with their weapons drawn and feeling her safety was “in great jeopardy.” She was in the House chamber until about 3 a.m. the next day.

“This is the second domestic terrorist attack I have personally lived through, and I will say again what I said on Aug. 3, 2019: Words have consequences, and I hold Donald Trump responsible for the words he uses to fuel hate, sow division and spread lies that have led to America’s darkest days,” Escobar said in a video[5] following the Capitol riot, referencing the date of the deadly mass shooting by a racist gunman at a Walmart inside her district at the first attack.

A spokesperson for Trump has previously denied that the former president played a role in inciting the riot.

“President Trump did not incite or conspire to incite any violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6,” the spokesperson, Jason Miller, said in February.

The other members of Congress who joined as plaintiffs recounted similar experiences of how the insurrection unfolded and the fear and panic they experienced.

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the U.S. House swiftly impeached Trump for a second time. Congressional Republicans decried the move as inappropriate but nodded at the possibility of the judiciary being the final arbiter of justice.

“Impeachment was never meant to be the final forum for American justice. … We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said on the Senate floor in February.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, said in a public statement[6] that “the ultimate accountability is through our criminal justice system where political passions are checked.”

The NAACP lawsuit is in tandem with another similar lawsuit[7] filed by Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-California, against Trump, Giuliani, his son and a Republican congressman for their respective roles in causing the insurrection.

References

  1. ^ Veronica Escobar (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ in mid-February (naacp.org)
  3. ^ NAACP (naacp.org)
  4. ^ Escobar’s statement (cdn.cnn.com)
  5. ^ said in a video (escobar.house.gov)
  6. ^ public statement (www.tillis.senate.gov)
  7. ^ with another similar lawsuit (apnews.com)

Bryan Mena