Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He Was Involved in Bizarre Altercation With Rajon Rondo

Isaiah Thomas has made headlines on numerous occasions over the course of the last week because of his reported beef with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. But on Wednesday night, Thomas set his sights on beefing with a different player—and it ended with him getting ejected from a game before it even reached the end of the first quarter.

Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected from the Lakers/Pelicans game on Wednesday after they were involved in an altercation towards the end of the first frame. The two players got tangled up with one another several times and exchanged words before they were hit with double technical fouls and sent packing. It was an odd scene with Rondo seemingly trying to provoke Thomas while guarding him. You can watch it play out here.

Following the game, Thomas was asked about what happened between him and Rondo, and he claimed Rondo hit him in the face three times during the game before tensions boiled over. He also claimed Rondo repeatedly brought up the video tribute the Celtics planned for Thomas on the same night as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony before eventually canceling it at Thomas’ request.

“Whatever reason, he's an upset guy about me,” Thomas said. “I don't know what it is, but it's fine. He kept bringing the tribute up, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. I'm far past that…For me to be ejected was uncalled for.”

Rondo didn’t speak with the media after the game on Wednesday night, but it’s worth noting that if he did taunt Thomas over the tribute, it wouldn’t come as a total surprise. Rondo was asked about the tribute after a game in January, and he spoke out against the Celtics deciding to do it in the first place.

“What has he done?” Rondo asked at the time, before being told about how Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and responding accordingly. “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

However, Thomas told reporters he wasn’t upset about what Rondo said when he was asked about those comments on Wednesday night.

“He said what he said, I laughed it off,” Thomas said. “It was what it was. I'm the one that stopped the video tribute from happening because I wanted Paul Pierce to have his full night. I didn't want to take nothing from him. I know [Rondo] played on Paul Pierce's team. He's gonna always have Paul Pierce's back, which is fine. I didn't lose sleep over it. It was obvious [that it] continued to be brought up with what happened tonight.”

Thomas also told reporters he doesn’t share any bad blood from the past with Rondo. He theorized Rondo might possibly be upset with him because Thomas and the Celtics beat Rondo and the Bulls in the playoffs last season, but he couldn't say for sure why Rondo seemed so irked at him.

“I mean, my team beat his team in the playoffs last year,” Thomas said. “Maybe that is what's wrong. I don't know. There's nothing. Nothing should've made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical.”

Whatever the case may be, Thomas seemed to shrug off the altercation with Rondo. But he said he does plan to try and appeal the technical fouls he received during the game. He thinks Rondo, not him, should be forced to deal with the consequences of them.

“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,” Thomas said, referencing the game’s officials. “I got hit in the face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face, I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you guys going to control this?' I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded.”

Thomas and Rondo weren’t the only ones to get ejected from the game. Lakers head coach Luke Walton got ejected just before halftime, too, for arguing with the game’s officials. The Pelicans went on to win 139-117.

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Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.

Incredible.

But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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More post-retirement perks are on the way for Kobe Bryant. After getting two jersey numbers retired by the Los Angeles Lakers and a brand new Lakers uniform inspired by his legendary nickname unveiled last month, there is now word that the Black Mamba will be getting his own basketball analysis show on ESPN.

The show, which is titled Detail, will be written, produced, and hosted by Bryant and is a creative venture between ESPN and Kobe's Granity Studios. The show will be a simple enough premise. One of the best players in NBA history will be providing game analysis. What could be better than a generational talent critiquing other players on their game? Almost nothing. 

“Studying game film is how the best get better. It’s the university for a master’s degree in basketball.” Bryant tells ESPN. “I learned how to study film from the best coaches of all time – Phil Jackson and Tex Winter. Detail provides an opportunity to teach that skill to the next generation on large platform with ESPN.”

Detail is scheduled to premiere in March 2018 and will begin with an initial 15 episodes, starting at the tail end of the regular season and concluding during the NBA Finals.

Imagine Bryant breaking down a missed LeBron or KD game-winner in the playoffs? Incredible.

“Having an all-time great like Kobe share the same analysis he offers current players will be a tutorial for elite athletes around the world and the ultimate inside access for viewers,” says ESPN vice president of original content Kevin Wildes.

Bryant's Granity Studios has worked with ESPN in the past on Canvas City, which featured a purple snake puppet named Little Mamba as Kobe's sidekick, and the MuseCage Basketball Network segments as well.

Kobe has definitely remained busy post-retirement. Does this foray into analysis mean coaching could be in his future? He might be the key to getting Lonzo Ball and the Lakers back on track if LaVar runs current head coach Luke Walton out of town

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With all due respect to players like Chris Paul, Joel Embiid, and Patrick Beverley, Draymond Green is, without a doubt, the best trash-talker in the NBA today. He takes trash-talking very seriously, and during an interview with ESPN back in April, he spoke about how he’s spent years crafting his ability to do it.

“I absolutely love it,” he said. “I’ve been doing this for a very long time. There’s an art to trash-talking.”

All of his hard work has definitely paid off. Green is so good at talking trash at this point that, while we’ve traditionally waited until the end of an NBA player’s career before compiling a list of their best trash-talking moments—we’ve run trash talk features on Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Kobe Bryant in the past—we don’t see much sense in waiting around for another 10 years before paying homage to the Warriors’ enforcer. He has already proven himself to be one of the best trash-talkers in NBA history, and it’s time to recognize that now. Here are Draymond Green’s 15 Most Savage Trash-Talking Moments.

15. “You’ll Never Dunk on Me”

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Victim: Dennis Smith Jr.

This is obviously the most recent moment, seeing as how it just happened this week, but we think it provides a pretty good illustration of what Green’s trash-talking is really all about. He took what could have been a relatively routine play—a ticky-tack foul on a missed dunk attempt—and turned into a teachable moment for an NBA rookie. Green yelled, “You’ll never dunk on me” at Smith Jr. and then continued to go after him following the game while speaking with reporters.

“That shit ain’t happening,” Green said, referring to the idea of a rookie getting the better of him at the rim. “This ain’t Summer League, bro. Not just gonna dunk on anybody. Better luck next time. It ain’t happening. C’mon, dude.”

Smith Jr. seemed confused by Green’s trash talk, since it’s not like Green rejected him clearly. But if he’s going to last in this league, he’s going to have to get used to Green going off on him on the court.

14. “You Didn’t Say That”

Victim: Lakers fan

Green’s trash talk extends beyond just the basketball court. He’s also known to talk plenty of trash on social media, and back in October 2014, he took it upon himself to call out a Lakers fan who apparently lied about what he told Green when he met him. The fan took to Twitter to reveal that he told Green the Warriors were “gonna get ran by my Lakers this year.” But Green disputed the fan’s version of the meeting and said the fan didn’t say that at all. It got quite a response from some of Green’s fellow NBA players.

If Green routinely talks trash to some of the toughest players in the NBA, what makes you think he won’t do it to you, too?

13. “I Laughed in His Face”

Victim: Kevin Durant

Back in 2015, Green revealed that KD is actually a decent trash-talker himself. He said KD’s trash talk “makes you feel bad about yourself.” But that hasn’t stopped him from going after KD—even though the two are teammates now.

In September, Green was asked how he reacted when he heard that KD got caught using burner social media accounts to defend himself. Green alluded to his own social media struggles, but he also said that he showed no mercy when he heard about what happened to KD.

“I reached out to him, I talked to him through text the day of,” Green said. “And then the next day, I saw him in person and I laughed in his face.”

12. “He Suck!”

Victim: Kevin Hart

Green and Hart have developed a (somewhat) friendly rivalry on and off the basketball court. They once took part in a three-point contest against one another, and Hart has also heckled Green during Warriors games against his beloved 76ers. So when Green was asked his opinion on Hart’s basketball skills during an interview on Conan in September 2016, he didn’t hold back on ripping him to shreds.

“He suck!” Green said.

Green did give credit to Hart for believing in himself. “You know, the thing that make Kevin a great comedian is that he believes the stuff he say,” he said. “Once again, thinking he’s good at basketball, he believe it.”

But he stopped way short of giving him any credit for being good at basketball. “No!” he said, before referencing his three-point shootout with Hart. “I mean, he hit a couple spots where he shot well, and I was shocked. But no!”

11. “The Cavs Didn’t Stand a F*cking Chance”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team (and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey)

During a recent interview with GQ, Green was asked about the Warriors’ dominance in recent seasons, and in particular, their dominance of the Cavaliers during the 2017 NBA Finals. He didn’t shy away from admitting that he was actually upset the Warriors were only able to beat the Cavs 4-1 in their series last June.

“They didn’t stand a fucking chance,” he said. “It pissed me off we didn’t sweep them.”

Elsewhere in the GQ piece, Green touched on some comments made by Morey, who said the Warriors are “not unbeatable” during an interview over the summer. Morey also suggested, “We have something up our sleeve,” which really set Green off.

“What the fuck are you talking about?” he said. “They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy, because teams know they don’t have a fucking clue.”

10. “Ain’t No Man Gonna Touch My Head”

Victim: O.J. Mayo

Green and Mayo were nearly involved in a physical confrontation after a Warriors/Bucks game in December 2015. Green made some comments about Mayo’s then-teammate Michael Carter-Williams that Mayo didn’t like, and he responded by getting in his face following the contest. He also put his hand on Green’s head, at which point Green shoved him and then almost got into it with Mayo's teammate Khris Middleton. It’s unclear what exactly was said between the two, but Green explained why he pushed Mayo after the game.

“I’m not going to really talk about what guys talk about or say,” Green said. “What you think he said, he may not have said or may have said. But ain’t no man gonna touch my head. I’m a grown man.”

9. “You Can’t Mention ‘Bron in Every Song You Do”

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Victim: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has gotten into the habit of name-dropping LeBron James on many of her songs—and it’s something that doesn’t sit real well with Green. After she mentioned LeBron on her song, “No Frauds,” in March 2017, Green took to his Dray Day podcast to blast Nicki for repeatedly working LeBron’s name into her verses.

“Is Nicki gonna mention ‘Bron in every song?” he asked. “Every song she’s released since June 2016, there’s something about LeBron in it. I mean, damn, like, LeBron is great, but Jesus Christ, at some point it just becomes… too repetitive. Jesus Christ, you can’t mention ‘Bron in every song you do.”

“Every song” might be a slight exaggeration on Green’s part, but this clearly touched a nerve with him.

8. “I’m the Modern-Day Draymond Green”

Victim: Charles Barkley

Green has been a very vocal critic of Barkley over the last few years. The two are often compared to one another, and during an interview in May 2017, Green said that he is not with the comparisons. He went as far as to say that he flatly rejects the idea that he and Barkley are anything alike when it was suggested that he is the modern-day Barkley.

“Hell no,” he said. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. Fuck no.”

Green also slammed Barkley on his Dray Day podcast after LeBron took some shots at him.

“I’m all for destroying Barkley,” Green said. “You know, Barkley talk a lot. A whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship… When it comes to speaking about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted.”

7. “Cool Story, Glenn”

Victim: Doc Rivers

The Warriors and Clippers had one of the best rivalries in the NBA a couple seasons ago, and that rivalry was due in large part to moments like this. After a March 2015 game between the two teams, then-Clippers forward Dahntay Jones walked by Green while he was doing a live TV interview and bumped into him. Green responded by shooting him a look that made it seem like he might step to him right there on the court.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers offered up a sarcastic take on the situation and referred to Green as “that tough guy on Golden State” when he saw what happened.

“Wow, that was such a violent bump!” he said. “I’m telling you. It was amazing. I told Dahntay, ‘You’ve got to be careful. That was too hard.’ I guess that tough guy on Golden State, I mean, I think the bump was too hard for him, clearly, the way he reacted.”

And Green had an equally sarcastic response for Rivers. That response?

Glenn, for those who don’t know, is Rivers’ government name. So petty.

6. “Drake’s Boots Cost Them the Game”

Victim: Drake

Drake went all out for the third annual “Drake Night” at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in November 2016. He held a press conference before the game. He showed up wearing a shirt with Doris Burke’s face on it. And he sat courtside and cheered for the Raptors as they played against the Warriors. But despite his best efforts, the Warriors won the game—and afterward, the Golden State players had a whole lot to say about Drake.

Kevin Durant said, “We don’t give a damn about no Drake Night!” Andre Iguodala said he had absolutely no plans to chill with Drake after the game. And Green went off on the boots Drake wore to the game and said they were to blame for the Raptors’ loss.

“Drake’s boots cost them the game,” Green said, interrupting Iguodala’s live post-game interview on the court.

Green later added: “The shirt was nice. But his boots were so bad. I was disappointed in his outfit overall. It’s Drake Night. You gotta bring better than that.”

Green has since gone on to rip Drake’s fashion choices on numerous other occasions since then.

5. “Cavaliers? Nope”

Victim: The entire Cavaliers team

During the Warriors’ NBA title parade in June 2015, Green celebrated by remixing E-40’s hit song, “Choices (Yup),” on the fly in the middle of a live TV interview. Golden State was just a few days removed from knocking off the Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals, and while standing next to Klay Thompson, he let it be known who the better team was.

“Klay Thompson? Yup,” he said. “Splash Brothers? Yup. Cavaliers? Nope. We won? Yup. They suck? Yup. We here? Yup. They not? Nope.”

Green clearly got caught up in the moment, but we imagine most Cavs fans weren’t too happy to hear this in the immediate aftermath of their team’s loss.

4. “We Rocking With Floyd, Bro, Not You”

 

We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma

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Victim: Conor McGregor

Right before fighting Floyd Mayweather in August 2016, Conor McGregor was spotted wearing a No. 23 Warriors jersey. Green responded to it by posting a photo of McGregor in the jersey on Instagram along with a caption that let him know that the Warriors weren’t going to be pulling for him in his fight.

“We rocking with Floyd bro not you,” Green wrote. “Take that off bruh.”

What made this moment great, though, was that McGregor didn’t back down from Green. In one of the few instances in which Green met his match, McGregor fired back on him with a vicious clapback of his own.

“That’s C.J. Watson, mate,” he wrote. “I don’t know who the fuck you are. No disrespect tho, kid, keep hustling and stay in school. Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a fuck about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here, kid.”

The jersey turned out to be a total troll move on McGregor’s part, and Green just got caught in the crossfire.

3. “Bro, You’re Not Scaring Anyone”

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Victim: Kevin Garnett

KG earned a reputation for saying some pretty off-the-wall things to his opponents during his NBA career. Few players talked trash quite like him. But that didn’t stop Green from going directly at him when he first came into the league.

During an interview with Grantland in April 2015, Green admitted that he admired KG growing up, but he also said that didn’t stop him from talking trash to him the first time they played against one another.

KG just talks junk to try and scare people,” he said. “He won’t say nothing directly to you. He just says stuff about you out loud, like talking to himself. So I called him out: ‘Bro, you’re not scaring anyone. Just stop with the antics.’ We got into it, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

There aren’t many people who could get away with saying, “Stop with the antics,” to KG, but Green is obviously one of them.

2. “You Ain’t Kobe”

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Victim: Paul Pierce

Green took some shots at Paul Pierce for criticizing Kevin Durant at the beginning of last season. And when the Warriors and Clippers played back in February 2017, he continued sending shots in Pierce’s direction. While Blake Griffin was in the middle of shooting free throws, Green badgered Pierce about the fact that he didn’t get the same kind of farewell tour that Kobe Bryant got right before he retired.

“You can’t get no farewell tour,” he said, “they don’t love you like that. You ain’t got that type of love. You thought you was Kobe? You ain’t Kobe.”

Green later said he didn’t have “nothing personal” against Pierce on his podcast. But he added: “If you gonna talk junk, I don’t hold anything back when I’m talking junk. If I’ma talk junk, I’ma talk. And I’ma take it where it needs to go.”

1. “B*tch” (or Was It “F*ckboy”?)

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Victim: LeBron James

Green and LeBron got tied up at the end of Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals—and it led to Green serving a one-game suspension that really turned the tide of the series and led to the Warriors blowing a 3-1 series lead. LeBron was noticeably upset during the confrontation, and it led many people to wonder what in the world Green said to get LeBron so angry.

An initial report suggested that Green called LeBron a “bitch”—twice—during the trash-talking that the two players did. That report indicated that Green called LeBron a bitch once before LeBron pointed out that he’s “the father of three kids and a man” and that Green responded to that by saying, “You’re still a bitch.”

But Green’s trash talk actually may have been even worse than that. While speaking with Jimmy Butler on The Bill Simmons Podcast a few days later, Bill Simmons revealed that he heard Green went above and beyond while trash-talking with LeBron. According to him, Green a called LeBron a “fuckboy,” not a bitch.

“I heard he didn’t say the b-word,” Simmons said. “I heard it began with an F and ended with boy. That was what I heard. That’s why I think LeBron took it so personally. I’m sure LeBron has been called the b-word before. He really got upset. I don’t know if you saw. His feelings got hurt. It’s really hard to hurt LeBron’s feelings. He’s one of the strongest people in the United States.”

LeBron may be strong but even he was no match for Green and his incessant trash talk. Not that he should be ashamed about that. Green has proven time and time again that he’s simply on another level when it comes to running his mouth.

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is still getting backlash for his “inmates running the prison” comment, in reference to ongoing player demonstrations during the national anthem. Though he expressed regret and issued a public apology over the weekend, some Texans players considered staging a walkout.

And now Jay Z, who has been a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick, has responded to the matter, taking a moment to address it during the opener of his 4:44 Tour in Anaheim, Calif. on Friday.

Before a performance of “The Story of O.J.,” Jay Z talked to the audience about McNair’s inflammatory comment and how we still have a long way to go as a society.

“[They’re] injuring themselves on the field, giving it all they got,” he says. “That’s how they look at you. That’s what they think about you. We got so much further to go. The truth is we all believe in whatever you believe in. God, Allah. Whatever you believe in, we come from one source which means we are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day.”

Recently, Jay Z stood for Kaepernick by wearing the player’s jersey during his SNL performance of “Bam,” and by dedicating a performance of “The Story of O.J.” during the Meadows Festival to him.

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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.

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When Conor McGregor steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, there’s a good chance—a really good chance actually—that he’s not going to be able to keep up with the undefeated boxer. Most people, especially those in the fight business, think Mayweather will make light work of McGregor. But over the course of the last few months, McGregor has more than kept up with Mayweather during their ongoing war of words, and that’s been especially evident during his non-stop trolling of Mayweather on social media.

Most recently, McGregor managed to troll the hell out of Mayweather on social media without even putting up a social media post of his own, which is some real next-level trolling on his part. On Sunday, Draymond Green attempted to call McGregor out by putting up a photo of him wearing a Warriors jersey on Instagram along with the caption, “We rocking with Floyd bro not you…take that off bruh.” In the photo, McGregor appeared to be wearing Green’s No. 23 jersey:

 

We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh @thenotoriousmma

A post shared by Draymond Green (@money23green) on Jul 23, 2017 at 1:22am PDT

But McGregor quickly clapped back at Green and trolled Mayweather in the process by leaving a comment on the photo about how he wasn’t actually wearing a Green jersey. Instead, McGregor explained that he was wearing a C.J. Watson jersey, and if you know Watson’s history with Mayweather, then you know why McGregor was wearing the jersey. Mayweather pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and harassment back in 2010 after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris over text messages she exchanged with Watson. So McGregor wasn’t supporting the Warriors when he put on a Golden State jersey; he was simply trying to get under Mayweather’s skin.

“That’s C.J. Watson mate,” McGregor wrote in response to Green’s IG caption. “I don’t know who the fuck you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school. Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a fuck about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.”

This isn’t the first time McGregor has dragged Watson into the discussion while going at Mayweather online. Back in January, shortly after Mayweather said he would give McGregor $15 million for a fight, McGregor shot back by posting an animated photo of him standing over Mayweather along with the caption, “Call me C.J. Watson!”

And of course, McGregor has figured out all kinds of ways to troll Mayweather on social media since then. In February, as reports of a potential Mayweather/McGregor fight swirled around, McGregor made a trip to Las Vegas. As soon as he arrived, he took a photo of him sitting on a throne along with the caption, “I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.”

 

I am in Las Vegas. Floyd has retired on my arrival.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Feb 14, 2017 at 6:17pm PST

He also referred to Las Vegas as “my city” throughout the course of his trip:

 

enjoying my city #Repost @dunph_sky with @repostapp ・・・ Vegas

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Feb 14, 2017 at 11:17pm PST

The posts were a response to Mayweather’s social media post about how he was “happily retired”:

Since that time, McGregor has obviously finessed his way into a fight with Mayweather that could net him upwards of $100 million. But the fact that the fight is now going to take place hasn’t deterred McGregor from continuing to go at Mayweather on social media. Just one day before the official date for the fight was announced, McGregor posted a photo of the 40-year-old Mayweather on Instagram along with the caption, “Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age. Respect.”

 

Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age. Respect.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jun 12, 2017 at 9:43pm PDT

The following day, he revealed that his fight with Mayweather was officially on the books by once again alluding to Mayweather’s age. He posted side-by-side photos of him and Floyd Mayweather Sr. on Instagram with the caption, “THE FIGHT IS ON.”

 

THE FIGHT IS ON.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jun 14, 2017 at 2:21pm PDT

And as he started to prepare for the fight, McGregor also showed off an interesting mural he had painted on the wall in his gym. Without specifically addressing the mural, he showcased it in the background of a photo of him in the ring along with the caption, “I am a filthy Irish animal.”

 

I am a filthy Irish animal.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jun 19, 2017 at 6:46pm PDT

For his part, Mayweather has engaged McGregor online on several occasions. Most notably, he got tangled up with him way back in December when Mayweather put up an Instagram post offering $10,000 to whoever could come up with the best caption for a video of McGregor tapping out against Nate Diaz.

 

CAPTION THIS! Best caption wins $10,000.00. The winner will be announced on Monday, Dec 19. Stay tuned ! #TMT

A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Dec 14, 2016 at 8:51pm PST

Mayweather also trolled McGregor in January by bringing up their respective net worths, which was seemingly in response to the first Watson jab McGregor took at him:

But if the judges of the upcoming Mayweather/McGregor bout were allowed to use social media activity as part of their official scoring, there’s no doubt that McGregor would come out on top in that specific department.

Just like during his recent promotional tour with Mayweather, McGregor has dug deep down into his bag of tricks almost every time he has taken aim at Mayweather on social media. He has crossed the lines at times, and he has brought up things that Mayweather probably wishes he hadn’t, like the Watson stuff. He has pretty much written the definitive playbook for how to successfully promote a fight on social media in 2017.

At the end of the day, it’s probably not going to matter. Mayweather is likely going to get the last laugh by beating McGregor where it counts. But if nothing else, McGregor has Mayweather in unfamiliar territory right now. For most of Mayweather’s career, he has been the one leading the charge with regards to promoting fights. He has put other fighters on his back and single-handily driven up the interest in fights because of what he’s said and done in the months, weeks, and days leading up to them.

This time, though, McGregor is the one doing that, through his words, his actions, and maybe above all else, his social media posts. It’s a small victory, but a victory nonetheless, and proof that McGregor is unlike any other fighter Mayweather has come across in the past.

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