Conor McGregor has found all kinds of different ways to troll Floyd Mayweather in the months leading up to their Aug. 26 superfight. From painting a mural of him knocking Mayweather out in his gym to accusing Mayweather of being broke after a report emerged about him owing the IRS a bunch of money, McGregor has gone above and beyond to try and get under Mayweather’s skin. But did he cross the line with his most recent troll move earlier this week?
By now, you’ve probably seen that McGregor got into it with Warriors star Draymond Green on Instagram on Sunday after Green posted a photo of McGregor wearing a No. 23 Warriors jersey—which is his jersey number—and told him not to wear it anymore because Green and his Golden State teammates are going to be rooting for Mayweather to beat McGregor.
McGregor responded by telling Green that he wasn’t wearing his No. 23 jersey. Rather, he said that it was C.J. Watson’s old No. 23 jersey, and if you know the history between Mayweather and Watson, then you know why McGregor was wearing the jersey. Watson was reportedly at the center of a 2010 domestic violence incident involving Mayweather and his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. Mayweather allegedly accused Harris of secretly texting Watson, and it led to a violent altercation between the couple, which eventually led to Mayweather serving jail time. So by wearing Watson’s jersey, McGregor was, once again, trying to get a rise out of Mayweather.
Mayweather never responded to McGregor wearing the jersey, but early Friday morning, Harris did—and she revealed that she is not happy with McGregor for using her domestic violence incident to try and promote his fight. Harris had her lawyer release a lengthy statement to TMZ Sports, and in that statement, Harris and her lawyer ripped McGregor for alluding to the incident by wearing a Watson jersey. She also ripped him for posting this to Twitter back in January:
Others may have celebrated McGregor for using Watson as a pawn in his ongoing feud with Mayweather. But Harris and her lawyer clearly weren’t amused and think McGregor went too far by doing it.
"Conor McGregor’s exploitation of the events surrounding Mayweather’s violent beating of Josie Harris, for the sole purpose of promoting an upcoming boxing match and taunting his opponent in the ongoing media-driven feud between the two fighters, demonstrates not only an insensitivity toward the emotional wellbeing and privacy of the victim of Mayweather’s domestic violence, but also a general disregard for the physical and emotional trauma and long-lasting psychological impacts suffered by victims of domestic abuse," the statement said.
Harris and her lawyer also called out Mayweather in the statement and ripped him for refusing to take responsibility for his actions in 2010.
"In the aftermath of the events of September 9, 2010, Josie Harris, like many other victims of domestic violence, continues to endure the emotional and psychological trauma, shaming, humiliation, blaming, and embarrassment caused by Mayweather’s violence and further perpetuated by his continued public denials, disclaimers, excuses, and deferrals of responsibility for his actions, including Mayweather’s defamatory statements against Harris made during a 2015 interview with Katie Couric leading up to his fight with Manny Pacquiao," the statement said.
That portion of the statement was in reference to this interview Mayweather did with Couric:
And at the end of the statement, Harris and her lawyer asked McGregor not to bring up Watson or the 2010 domestic violence incident again.
"On behalf of Josie Harris, her and Mayweather’s three children, and all victims of domestic violence, we ask that Conor McGregor refrain from capitalizing off of the trauma suffered by her and other victims of domestic abuse," the statement said.
You can read the full statement here.
Will this get McGregor to apologize for bringing up Watson and the domestic violence incident? Doubtful. McGregor has pretty much refused to apologize for anything he has said and done while promoting his fight with Mayweather. But he’s used this particular reference point several times now, so for everyone’s sake, let’s hope he moves on from it moving forward.