By JAKE CHASTAIN
| Just a few days ago we found out that Pat Healy tested positive for marijuana following his UFC 159 win over Jim Miller. In that fight Healy not only cashed in on the victory but he took home $130,000 extra for ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Submission of the Night’. Unfortunately, Healy had to forfeit those winnings along with the victory due to the failed drug test.
Bryan Caraway, who also took home a submission victory at UFC 159, ended up being awarded Healy’s $65,000 in forfeited money for ‘Submission of the Night’ by the UFC. Caraway later came out with a seemingly inappropriate statement explaining his excitement in cashing in on Healy’s misfortune.
That statement caught a ton of backlash throughout the MMA community and one of the people amongst the bunch that didn’t appreciate Caraway’s carelessly chosen words was UFC lightweight/welterweight fighter, Nate Diaz.
Diaz took to twitter to voice his displeasure with Caraway’s statements and called him a “fag” in the process. The tweet ended up costing Diaz $20,000 in fines along with a 90 day suspension for violating the UFC’s code of conduct.
Since then Diaz’s Manager, Mike Kogan, has spoken out on the issue and stated that Diaz did not mean the word in a homophobic way. He joined The MMA Hour on Monday with Ariel Helwani and discussed the issue further. Here are some of the statements from Kogan:
“Nate doesn’t feel remorse for what he said,” Kogan explained to Helwani.”I don’t feel remorse for what he said. I don’t feel remorse for defending what he said or elaborating on what he said. Because it was not a homophobic statement. It was not intended to offend homosexuals. We weren’t even talking about homosexuals. One can debate the multiple uses of this term. We can sit here and debate in the English language, there’s a lot of words that mean a lot of different things, but whatever. As it is, it wasn’t intended to be used the way people tried to twist the way it was being used. So therefore, what does he have to feel bad about? The fact that [Caraway] shouldn’t gloat over other person’s issues and try to kiss ass to make a point?”
Kogan continued to explain to Ariel during the interview that, although Diaz could have chosen a better choice of words, his tweet was in no way meant to offend the gay community. He continued:
“If we would have made a homophobic statement, or a statement that was clearly intended to insult homosexuals, that’s one thing,” he continued. “You come out and say, ‘Hey, you know what, I’m really sorry it hurt people. We didn’t mean to do that.’ But to me, and this is just my philosophy, and I’m sure it’s going to be disagreed with by many people. This is how I think, and how Nate thinks. The mere fact that there is a protocol to deal with these crisis situation implies its lack of sincerity.”
So, after reading Kogan’s statements, does it seem that Diaz is being wrongfully suspended and fined or is he indeed out of line with his tweet and completely missing the lesson the UFC has just handed him? Let’s hear some thoughts on the issue, fight fans!
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