Fintan O’Toole v Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor arrives at Blanchardstown District Court in Dublin, where he was facing a speeding charge. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA
Sir, – What a breath of fresh air to read Fintan O’Toole’s refreshingly non-politically correct article on Conor McGregor (“Crumlin children do not need Conor McGregor’s gangsta fantasies”, Opinion & Analysis, December 12th). At last someone who goes against the flow of adulation for an egomaniac feted as an example of Irish sporting greatness. – Yours, etc,
Sir, – As a sports star and celebrity, whether Conor McGregor wishes to be or not, he has become a role model for young people.
That he would wear the finest suits to fight press conferences and only a hoodie and sweatpants to his court hearing for being caught driving at 158km/h displays a complete lack of respect for authority.
While I’m not sure he has a responsibility to live up to the role-model status that his fans have given him, I do think that at the very least he should respect the court and demonstrate that, outside of his business, he is a citizen who needs to obey the rules like the rest of us. – Yours, etc,
Sir, – Based on the fact that both Conor McGregor and Fintan O’Toole grew up in Crumlin, it is obviously good for self-esteem and the building of an ego. – Yours, etc,