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.