UFC suspends fighter Nate Diaz for using a homosexual slur on his official Twitter account, attacking Bryan Caraway. His manager, Mike Kogan, defended the fighter’s choice of words.
UFC president Dana White said the fighter would be fined after breaking the league’s code of conduct — or possibly released from the promotion.
“We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization,” a statement by UFC officials read. “Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation, and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.”
Diaz posted a pair of tweets Thursday in which he expressed sympathy for Pat Healy, who was docked $130,000 in bonus money after testing positive for marijuana, and criticized fighter Bryan Caraway, who got $65,000 of that money.
Earlier this year, the UFC instituted a formal code of conduct that bars fighters from using discriminatory or derogatory language. This past month, UFC suspended and fined heavyweight Matt Mitrione for an offensive rant about transgender fighter Fallon Fox, though the suspension lasted three weeks before he was booked for another fight.
Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, defended Diaz’s choice of words and did not advise the fighter to delete the tweet. He suggested Twitter followers look up the meaning of the word Diaz used in the Urban Dictionary.
“Nate voiced a personal opinion about an incident that took place involving Bryan Caraway in which he chased Dana all over Twitter to try to get a bonus, which was taken away from Pat Healy, got the bonus, and then had the nerve to go back out there and bash (Healy),” Kogan said.
Kogan contended that in Northern California, where Diaz is from, the gay slur used by Diaz means “you’re a little punk.”
“It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all,” he said.
White has defended fighters such as Ronda Rousey for voicing controversial opinions but also has blasted fighters for not exercising common sense in using social media.
In 2011, the UFC released bantamweight Miguel Torres for tweeting a joke making light of rape, though it later reinstated the fighter after he apologized.