‘The first thing I did was call Conor… I said “don’t say anything, don’t do anything”’: Dana White reveals emergency call to McGregor after Kamaru Usman’s hacked Twitter account threatened Irishman’s wife in series of expletive-laden posts
- Conor McGregor beat Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds on comeback at UFC 246
- Hours before the fight, UFC star Kamaru Usman’s Twitter attacked McGregor
- The champion fighter claimed his social media account had been hacked
- Dana White revealed frantic phone call to McGregor to calm him down
Dana White revealed calling Conor McGregor, urging him not to react to Kamaru Usman’s hacked Twitter account threatening the Irishman’s wife.
The welterweight champion’s social media page was taken over and splurged out a number of offensive statements which could have provoked McGregor right before his victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
UFC president White was immediately concerned that something might kick off as Usman and his manager Ali Abdelaziz, who McGregor loathes, were sitting near where the Irishman walked out at T-Mobile Arena.
Dana White called Conor McGregor to warn against acting against Kamaru Usman
‘Crazy, I mean someone brought it to me and told me,’ White explained.
‘What do you think the first thing I did was? Think about this, did you see the tweets that were going out, what do you think the first thing I did was? I called Conor.
‘I said “he got hacked so don’t say anything, don’t do anything. Usman and Ali Abdelaziz are sitting right in front of where Conor comes out, so the first thing I did was tell Conor that and he didn’t believe it. He doesn’t believe he got hacked but we had no problems.
‘They put his bank account and pin code out there, some crazy s***, horrible.
The Twitter posts said: ‘Conor McGregor is an Irish p****,’ while another one tweet read. ‘N*****, I will f*** your wife while slapping the f*** outta you punk.’
Kamaru Usman’s Twitter page posted several offensive messages aimed at Conor McGregor
A third Tweet appeared to show two bank accounts, along with the caption: ‘Tweeting his bank password when I hit 1k followers.’
Abdelaziz confirmed: ‘Guys, Kamaru Usman’s Twitter account has been hacked. UFC is working on getting it back.’
Usman, the current UFC Welterweight champion, attended the fight in Las Vegas and watched from ringside.
However, in his post-fight press conference, McGregor expressed scepticism over the source of the tweets.
He said: ‘I’d be sceptical of that, because one came through early and it had all the hallmarks of that little f****** weasel, Ali [Abdelaziz, Usman’s manager].
McGregor enjoyed a triumphant return at UFC 246 as he beat Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone
‘They give him control of the accounts. He had Frankie’s [Edgar] account. He had Henry’s [Cejudo] account. This has been going on for a while. He gets it then writes something through their thing.
‘I’ve been in discussions with some of these athletes that come on board and whatever, help them out and that. And I know exactly what happened.
‘The way the first one was written, I knew exactly where it came from. And then all of a sudden a little bit heavier ones,’ McGregor said.
‘And then it became a hack job, so whatever. I don’t know what the f*** is going on tonight. It was a bit of a weird night wasn’t it? The two boys [Usman and Jorge Masvidal] doing mad stuff. All the best to them.’
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