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Conor McGregor creates Irish uproar with controversial image

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Conor McGregor has found himself in some hot water recently, regarding some questionable comments the UFC fighter made on Facebook. 

McGregor’s allegiance was called into question after he was seen wearing a British Army poppy pin on his vest, as he sat cage side at the UFC’s most recent show in Ireland.  Since the show, McGregor has been the target of the Sean Heuston Dublin 1916 Society, for wearing this red colored tiny lapel pin, which is supposedly a symbol of support for the British Army’s deceased. 

Using the hashtag, “#CroppiesDontWearPoppies,” The 1916 society stated, “(McGregor) Comes out to 1916 song, ‘The Foggy Dew’ then wears a Poppy remembering the men who fought to kill and suppress them and the ideals they fought for.”

As a vocal Irishman, McGregor has created quite the uproar from his fans, some of who say they have lost respect for their countryman. 

McGregor’s response was also quite controversial as he stated on Facebook, “I know where my allegiance lies and what I do for my country.  I don’t need a stupid little flower with a 100 different meanings to tell me if I do or do not represent my country.  Check the facts of its original meaning.  ALL soldiers.  ALL wars.  I have the blood of many nations on my gloves.  Fought and beat on the world stage.  You have a pint in your hand and a Celtic jersey on in your local.  F*** you and the Queen.”

The 1916 Society responded, “The poppy in a modern context is produced exclusively by the Royal British Legion, and a brief glance at their website illuminates clearly its purpose in present times…  it is to honor ALL current and past British Army servicemen and women…”

It appears that while McGregor’s purpose of wearing the poppy may have been as support of his country and not intended to offend, but he certainly may have hurt his cause with his response.