by Mike Booble

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If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
       Why do those with the means and the opportunity to better not only their lives but the lives of the ones they care about continue to act like they have nothing to lose?
       As I'm sure most of you heard, UFC superstar Conor McGregor was arrested this week for allegedly taking and breaking a fan's cell phone outside a nightclub in Miami. This isn't the first time McGregor has been in trouble with the law, and probably won't be the last. But McGregor aside, this speaks to a larger problem in the wealthy community, especially in the fields of athletics and entertainment.
       Kanye West. Alec Baldwin.. Plaxico Burress. Justin Bieber. I could keep going but you get the point. It seems those with wealth have a tendency to not take consequences seriously. Not to be clear, I'm not talking about those who commit heinous crimes like OJ Simpson, Cristiano Ronaldo or Mike Tyson. Amd while Mcgregor's crimes are serious in nature, it is not domestic violence, rape or homicide. Instead, most incidents seem to stem from the level of notoriety only attained by massive wealth and then the inevitable interruption of perceived privacy the “celebrity” has.
       Staying on McGregor, he seems to need to prove he's a tough guy or a badass in all aspects of his life, not just inside the Octagon. His case reminds me a lot of Ron Artest.
       Ron Artest, like a lot of pro athletes grew up tough. Life was not easy. But he persevered, went to college, made the NBA and it seemed had overcome. But then fame and fortune found him. And whether it was the desire to keep that doggedness that allowed him to rise from those ashes or a willingness to present a facade of a street warrior to anyone who’d challenge that very idea, Artest went into a spiral that led to possibly the worst moment in NBA history.
       Artest, and Artest alone was responsible for the brawl between the Pacers, the Pistons and the Piston fans in Detroit back in 2004. Sure, he was being taunted. Sure someone threw a beer at him, but he needed to keep his cool. His reaction led to.the chaos that followed, and not only cost him 70 plus games and a ton of money, it probably cost the Pacers a real shot at a championship. I fear McGregor is going down a similar path.
       The fight game is different than a team sport, obviously. But struggle, bad blood, hatred and bitterness are necessary in building fan interest to order those PPVs and watch the fight cards that pay fighter salaries. Some in some way, the antics work as a benefit and a direct correlation to success as a prize fighter. However, at some point, if incidents like Miami or heaven forbid another incident like the dolly in NYC happens, a judge somewhere will make an example out of him. I fear Conor is not handling celebrity as well as even he thought he would.
       When he was rising through the ranks of the UFC, if a camera or microphone ever found itself in front of him, he was never short on words. The difference, he had to then back it up inside a cage. Incidents like Miami offer zero upside. The fan isn't going to the UFC. You can't sell PPVs to a court hearing. All this will do is cost him money, and probably some more customer service. Conor needs to do one thing and one thing only; fight.
       Fighting is what made him famous and that fame helped make him Millions in salary and endorsements. But if does not regain focus and fight, and win, that will all go away. He's suing the Floyd Mayweather blueprint of how to minimize risk and maximize profit but Floyd fought. And won. Regardless of how you feel about his opponent selection he did exactly what he wanted to do, always dictated terms, and got rich and retired a with a perfect record. It's a lot harder to stay undefeated in MMA but it is just as easy to fight. The fact remains he's fought once since November 2015, a one sided loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. At this pace if he doesn't fight far more frequently he will lose all the fans he created and prove doubters right. And all that fame and fortune he so desperately craved will be gone and his legacy will be a throwing a dolly through a bus window, second rate whiskey, getting rich off a sham PPV in a fight he had no chance of winning and losing in dominant fashion in the biggest fight in MMA history. He will be a cautionary tale, as opposed to the revolutionary one he wants to be. Get help Conor, you need it.
       And as always I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.