Elite athletes maintain an aura on the playing field. However, when fans encounter them in real life, things can be different. The only saying says not to meet your heroes. In some cases, this is very true. Today we’re going to look at 30 strange encounters between sports fans and athletes.
Some of these terrible behavior on behalf of the sports star like barfights and leaving tiny tips. In other cases, they have some defense for their behavior. Meanwhile, online encounters add a new dimension to fan and athlete relationships. Many stars shoot their shot and slid into DMs with hilarious consequences. Check out the list below via The Sportster.
30. Conor McGregor
Athletes and other celebrities have to maintain a thick skin in real life. Sometimes, people will try to rattle them and the famous person struggles to stay composed. Usually, a fat bank account and a big entourage are enough to keep their pride intact. But sometimes, they lash out. That’s exactly what McGregor did in 2019 after a man annoyed him in a Florida nightclub.
The fan and his friend allegedly followed McGregor all night in Liv, a Miami Beach nightclub. When they were outside the building, McGregor didn’t walk away. Instead, he snatched the man’s phone and smashed it off the ground. Then, the ‘victim’ pressed charges and police arrested the Irishman on multiple charges of damaging property. They settled out of court, but it was an embarrassing incident.