“I was not upset, and I never considered it to be derogatory. What I was doing was laying the classic or standard foundation for the gentleman to make sure that he understood the form that he was signing, that it was designed to be a truthful statement and that the information he was supposed to put on the form was supposed to be true and correct… From my perspective, I’ve used that standard line of questioning for each and every athlete that has come before us, when their candor on their pre-fight questionnaire has been an issue. On occasion, we do have fighters that come before us, that have indicated their trainers or maybe someone who was with them at the time or a manager has filled out the form — that they don’t read English, that they don’t understand English, which maybe a second or a third language for them. What we try to do is to ensure that, if we’re going to be taking that into account, that they do understand what it is that they’re signing and that they have read it.”
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has had a real string of bad luck lately. Between an almost fatal bout with Staph, a failed drug test and being cut from the Strikeforce roster, Mo has had to overcome a lot of adversity.
Following his suspension hearing last week the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion lashed out at Commissioner Pat Lundvall by calling her a “racist bitch” and the offense cost him his job.
In this interview with HDNet’s InsideMMA, Lundvall explained her series of questioning and discussed Mo’s statements.
Later in the discussion she was also commented on Mo’s public apology to her which she had not heard prior to being a guest on the show. Head to page 2 to read her reply.
“Well, number one: Mr. Lawal has not contacted me. But, if he did, I would take his call, and I very much would be happy to hear from him. To the extent that you have now informed me of something, I was not aware that he had expressed an apology. I’m thankful that he has, and I wish him the very best and was so happy also to learn in that you just reported that the staph infection in his knee has cleared up.”