Shannon Sharpe on Conor McGregor attacking a bus: ‘UFC must send a swift and hard message’

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In his reaction to Conor McGregor attacking a bus full of UFC fighters at the Barclays Center, Shannon Sharpe explains to Skip Bayless and Joy Taylor why Dana White and UFC need to send a 'swift and hard message' to McGregor.

- Shannon, what do you make of it?

- This is a very bad look for the UFC. This is an even worse look for Conor McGregor, who's basically the face of the MMA-- the UFC. Skip, this is-- this is thuggish. This is hooligan. This is hoodlum behavior.

We see a lot of this-- soccer fans tearing up the stadium and they fighting each other, Skip. As Dana mentioned, he got on a plane and flew basically seven hours to do this. I get it. If you're in the fight-- if you're fighting and you want to promote the fight, but the one thing that we know about Conor McGregor, Skip, is that he always goes over the line.

With the Nate Diaz, he was throwing the water bottles. When he and Floyd Mayweather-- they started getting into these racial and homophobic slurs. And now, this. He's doing this when he's not involved in a fight.

Now, three fighters are not going to be able to fight tomorrow-- well, six fighters because the three that they're going to fight, the three that were injured, and their three opponents. So now, you've got six guys missing out on a pay day because of this thuggish, because of this goonish behavior.

You know, Skip, the UFC-- and I understand that Conor McGregor is basically the face of the UFC-- but they must send a swift and harsh message. I don't believe he should be suspended for two years, five years, but they got to get him for at least six months. And I know, coming up on, what, November, would be two years since the last fought.

But you can't have this, Skip. This is a bad, bad message that they're allowing Conor McGregor to send. And I get he's big deal, but you can't have this. And for him-- Skip, less than a year ago, he made $100 million. I understand he came from the mean streets of Ireland. He came up poor. He was on food stamps. But he fought in the UFC to move-- to remove himself, to get his family out of that environment. And for $100 million, he living in an ivory tower, now you resort to this? Come on, Conor. You got to be bigger than this.

This is why athletes that come from impoverished situations, they fight and they do play sports or whatever they do to get out of that, so they don't have to-- to carry out that type of behavior. And for him to go back and to do that because somebody disrespected his boy, and then you hear Dana saying that-- he justified it by saying someone, basically, disrespected his boy.

Really, Conor? I mean, you could-- I know if I'm one of those fighters, I ain't fighting no more in the UFC. I ain't going to get kicked upside my head. I just got me a big ol' chain, Joy. I'm going to go on and sit this thing on down, have me a couple of kids. I'm going to be nice. No more punching for ol' Sha Sharpe. Conor McGregor just-- hey, I just got me a lot. This is the winning ticket right here. Conor McGregor just signed it for me. Justify it.

- You finished?

- Justify it!

- Shannon Sharpe, you just got took by Conor McGregor. He did it again. It was brilliant.