If you haven’t heard, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and boxer Floyd Mayweather are scheduled to fight each other in a cross-sport match-up that’s gaining more and more hype as the August 26th fight date approaches.
The two fighters have been involved in some heavy trash talking over the past couple months, and now McGregor has brought a former Vol into the mix. In a manner of speaking, anyway.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green posted a picture on Instagram of McGregor wearing a C.J. Watson jersey when Watson was a member of the Warriors. Below is an exchange between Green and McGregor on Instagram after Green called out the UFC fighter:
Mcgregor gives former Vol CJ Watson a shout out in his feud with Draymond Green. pic.twitter.com/oHqJle1JgJ
— JT Clifton (@JT_SAR_Fball) July 23, 2017
McGregor claims not to be an NBA fan at all, so why is he wearing former Vol C.J. Watson’s jersey?
Apparently, Mayweather and Watson have some serious and brutal history together. According to ClutchPoints.com, Watson and Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s three children, were exchanging text messages and Mayweather found out about it. Mayweather then “beat Harris in front of his children and was arrested on domestic violence charges” according to the article. Mayweather also allegedly threatened to kill both Watson and Harris and vowed to “make them disappear.”
McGregor used Watson’s jersey as a way to taunt and get inside the head of Mayweather, bringing up that dark memory for not only Mayweather to remember, but also for the media to talk about again as well.
C.J. Watson played for the Vols from 2002-06 and averaged 12 points, 4.8 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and shot 43.2 percent from the floor in his 119 games as a point guard for the Vols. Watson has been in the NBA for over a decade and has played for five different teams, including the Warriors from 2007-10. He’s averaged 7.2 points, 2.5 assists, 1.9 rebounds, and has shot 41.9 percent in his 600 NBA games.