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Sunday, 02/12/2012, 11:26 am

Nevada Commissioner Outlines Steps Nick Diaz Will Go Through After Failed Drug Screening

The Nevada State Athletic Commissions (NSAC) Executive Director, Keith Kizer is, for lack of a better term, “the voice” of the NSAC. He is the man who is on the front lines of all things relating to the commission in Nevada that regulates the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and governs over UFC events in Las Vegas.

Kizer took to “Fight Club Radio” on the SiriusXM network a few days ago to discuss the developing story surrounding the Nick Diaz failed drug test situation. While on the air he outlined the process in which Nick will now have to go through as required by the commission.

Here is what he said:



“The complaints have been mailed to [Diaz]. He’ll receive the complaint by mail and he’ll have 20 days upon receipt to file an answer.

“With the complaint [for failed drug test findings], those are just allegations at this time. There’s been no finding against him. He’ll have ample opportunity to respond to the complaint and then we’d put it on for a hearing at a time that works for him as well as the Attorney General’s office.

Probably April (is when they will hear his case) based on past disciplinary complaints and at that time, there’ll be a hearing before the full commission and then they make a decision at that time and if they found the athlete guilty, they’d then impose whatever discipline they felt was appropriate.”



In short, Nick Diaz has been charged with a rule violation, but yet to be found guilty of these charges. Just like in a criminal case, charges are filed, heard before a judge and a verdict/punishment is then handed down.

While the NSAC came out and acknowledged his failed drug screening there is still much more work to do to put his disciplinary suspension in place and finalized.

Read More: Nick Diaz (News), Keith Kizer (News), The NSAC


43 Responses to “Nevada Commissioner Outlines Steps Nick Diaz Will Go Through After Failed Drug Screening”

  1. CrAzyBK64 says:

    This makes me want to smoke…..

  2. Bigfan says:

    Terribly ignorant to suspend someone for marijuana.

    • bruts says:

      you people dont understand… where is the athletic commission based out of AMERICA! what is one of the “worst” drugs to americans? MARIJUANA, YOU GET MORE TIME FOR MARIJUANA THEN KILLING SOMEONE!!!!! in america… so no wonder why nick is going to have a year suspension, wow i just realized something hes getting just as long of a suspension as cyborg AND SHE DID STEROIDS IN Woman’s MMA… this sport is becoming pathetic.

      • Hostile Hunter says:

        Bruts shut your mouth if you dont know what your talking about. I live in new york, Been arrested for pot 4 times. Never spent a day in jail..$200 Fine and see ya later… So for you to say that people get more time for Pot then murder is just retarded.

    • ThaGreenBandit says:

      Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge. These guys aren’t ignorant, just plain stupid.

  3. Thom says:

    The NSAC is going to screw Nick.

  4. Mike says:

    Its not ignorant. It is a rule that all the other fighters have to abide by so Nick should be no different. He knew the rules when he got involved so if he wasnt willing to comply he shouldnt have gotten started in MMA in the first place.

  5. BloodShotRetina says:

    All the pressure and the cameras, I don’t blame him. Weed is not a drug. Fuck you Nevada, I can buy a prostitute but can’t take a few puffs? No. This is so stupid, it’s not a problem in California.

  6. Jesse Johnson says:

    Of course. All the smokers are on Nick’s side. I have zero issue with anyone smoking weed. With that said “poor” Nick knew the rules and he broke them. End of story.

    • EdSoares says:

      The “rules” are different in California fuckface.

      You cannot blame a fighter for not knowing the rules of every State Athletic Commission.

      I bet you those painkillers Silva was on for the Okami fight would have gotten him into serious trouble in Nevada.

      • Open minded says:

        Nope he failed in Nevada in 07 so he knows the rules.
        In the silva point true but the commission knew prior to the fight totally unlike all the other suspensions, besides chael since he knew he was going to fail prior to being tested.
        If anything the fact it’s not a performance enhancer and hopefully someway to prove he wasn’t high during the fight, combined w the cannabis card from Cali and maybe just another 6 month suspension instead of the year long wre all expecting

      • krafty11 says:

        He didn’t fight in California..did he?? maybe I am mistaken.. lolz!

  7. the original steve says:

    nick could easily beat the case. the question is does he wanna go thru that bullshit

  8. bobby says:

    he has a cert. for medical marijuana

  9. Javier says:

    I hope the judge dismisses this one on one count of “boys will be boys”!

  10. Thurgood Jenkins says:

    As ridiculous as it may sound, I think it may come down to where Diaz smoked the weed. It’s legal in Cali and as everyone has said he has a legitimate card to hold and use it for medicinal purposes. If he smoked it in Cali, which he is allowed to do, then I think Nevada has to abide by its legality due to full faith and credit. I could be totally off-base, but I hope that is the case. Curious to see how this all plays out though.

    • Dustin says:

      Legal in California, but illegal on a federal level. State law does not override federal law. Dea can still go in and raid these “legal” grow houses whenever they want. Nick is not getting out of this.

    • JB Spencer says:

      It doesnt matter where he smoked it, state and/or federal laws have nothing to with game comission rules. Weed could be legal in every state and even on the federal level but if the game commision wants it to be a banned substance for a sport then its banned. There are several drugs that anybody can buy legaly anywhere, but they are considered banned substances if you want to fight proffesionally or play a sport.

    • zoeldog27 says:

      agree totally all he has to do is prove he smoked it in cali and i dont think they will be able to do to much if he can prove he didnt have it in the state of nevada he should only be fined

  11. Jesse Johnson says:

    @Edsoares-why you gotta call me a fuck face? Cause you don’t like my opinion? Weed has painkilling properties and is against the rules. Nick is a big baby. Doesn’t matter anyway. He can’t beat Condit anyway sooooooo he’ll never get the belt.

  12. Rich says:

    He has 20 days to respond to the letter he will receive… Judging by how hard of a time he has catching flights and media appointments, he’ll respond sometime in june, maybe july

  13. me says:

    Why would the Nevada State Athletic Commission have to recognize CA state law? That’s ridiculous. In order to fight in NV, a fighter needs to apply for, and be granted a license by the NSAC. Are you people defending Diaz under the impression that he wasn’t given the rules and regulations by the state and that he wasn’t required to sign anything saying that he would abide by those rules? He knows that he has to submit to a drug test for banned substances after the fight and pot is a banned substance in every state athletic governing body. And it’s not his first offense so he has no excuse. He’s just plain bad for the sport.

    • banks says:

      Lmao u say hes bad for the sport because he smokes weed? dudes have been taking roids and other peds but sure the stoner is everything that is wrong wit ufc hha. Maybe he doesnt care maybe he thought his system worked but one thing i know is that nick has and will always be nick and i respect the hell outta that. sure im disappointed in his recent shanannigans but im glad hes not a spineless posterboy who only does wut hes told so he can appeal to the fairweathers.. F*ck a fairweather

  14. me says:

    He had better not retire because he likes to show up late, skip mandatory meetings and do drugs. So there is no way thay he will ever be able to maintain a steady job in the real world! He needs to stick to a job where he makes his own schedule.

  15. Koshchek Loves Cock says:

    Don’t forget that Nick is gonna have to get his vagina stitched up after Condit tore it up and made him cry like a little bitch.

  16. Robby says:

    Nick serve ur time and come back and run away from people and slap them every now and then and hold people down but don’t try to finish anyone and u will have the belt around your waste before u know it

  17. Mike McMack says:

    If a pro boxer failed for pot it he would get a slap on the wrist, an MMA star does and he get a years suspension.

  18. BobO says:

    Robby, I have never heard such a line of bs when describing how Nick Diaz fights. I don’t think your head could be any further stuck up your own ass than it is bro. Shut up unless you know what you’re talking about. You look like a fool. ~BobO

    • robby says:

      Hey BobO I got something you can Bobo on. Next time you tell someone to shut up and you want to act all hardcore and shit, why don’t you say it to a man standing right in front of you instead of acting all hard ass over the internet you pussy. I look like a fool, don’t you mean I sound like a fool you fucking retard.

  19. jason says:

    this is a huge waste of time.

  20. wipout says:

    Can’t they fight in another state and leave the NSAC aside? Or even in Canada?

  21. James Wolfe says:

    Trust me folks, pot it still illegal but when government really needs more money they will make it legal. As debt mounts, it’s coming real soon. Just like alcohol, gambling, sports betting, casinos…and on and on. All these were illegal at one point in time. Now government taxes all of this and runs most of it. Government, police, and governing bodies are just over paid hypocrites.

    Here in Canada, it’s the same crap…all of these cops, departments paying all of these scum bags to charge people, harass people…what a joke. People are going to do what they want to do and if they are not harming anyone, all the power to them. Oh and I don’t smoke.

  22. GRT 3000 says:

    They should give him the old school treatment – Lock him in his room with a 5 pounds of weed and make him smoke it all.

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