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Nate Diaz Facing Fine, Suspension, or Possible Firing After “Fag” Tweet, WAR MMA Card Starting to Fill Up [UPDATED]

(Let’s just say that Diaz’s apology is still in the early draft stage.)

Update: Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct.

Regardless of how you feel about the whole Pat Healy situation (it’s some bullshit) or Bryan Caraway’s subsequent anti-marijuana rant, it would be hard to argue that Nate Diaz expressed his opinions on the situation correctly when he called Caraway a “Fag” for “taking” Healy’s SOTN bonus. Whether he meant to offend the LGBT community or not when he typed it (our guess is that he didn’t, which his manager has also *attempted* to affirm), he probably should have known that, as a public figure, you can’t so much as call someone “lame” in the public forum without incurring the wrath of all the stump-footed people you offended shortly thereafter. It’s the world we live in, for better or for worse, and it’s also why a “Code of Conduct” was recently established in the UFC.

The fact that UFC fighters have been fired over similar (albeit much more offensive) tweets in the past should have raised some red flags, which is maybe why Diaz deleted his original tweet, then reworded it to his liking before posting it yesterday. Unfortunately for Diaz, the UFC has responded quickly and harshly, stating the following:

We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization. Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.

We are going to fine, suspend or cut him. One or two of those three will happen.

While it would perhaps be a bit over-reactionary should the UFC decide to actually cut Diaz for his tweet, you can’t exactly claim to be shocked by the backlash Diaz has received in the time since. Again, it’s the world we live in, and as with Healy’s case, you simply gotta play by the rules. Diaz’s tweet wasn’t “stupid” as we so eloquently deemed it because it offended anyone — whether accidentally or otherwise — it was stupid because Diaz knew that writing it would result in the punishment he currently faces and had a mountain of evidence to confirm it. It’s not a matter of political correctness, it’s a matter of common sense.

We have no idea what the UFC is hoping to uncover with an “internal investigation” of a goddamn tweet, but if this plays out at all like the Matt Mitrione situation, Diaz will likely receive a suspension shorter than most layovers at Logan International and we can go back to acting like this thing never happened.

In any case, we’d be lying if we said our interest wasn’t starting to peak for the inaugural WAR MMA card.

-J. Jones

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Thumblaster- May 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm
I do believe you used to work in a video store often frequented by a plethera of the gays.
soultaker- May 18, 2013 at 9:43 am
Whether Diaz likes it or not he is an employee. He WORKS for the UFC. None of us would be able to use "fag" at our jobs no matter what you meant! We all know that and that's why we don't say it. If doesn't agree then don't cash their checks.
Sho Nuff- May 18, 2013 at 7:49 am
Hey, do I get a co-writing credit for this bit paraphrased from my comment yesterday? :)

"Diaz’s tweet wasn’t “stupid” as we so eloquently deemed it because it offended anyone — whether accidentally or otherwise — it was stupid because Diaz knew that writing it would result in the punishment he currently faces and had a mountain of evidence to confirm it. It’s not a matter of political correctness, it’s a matter of common sense."

And I agree with algiers, Diaz v Caraway.
algiersheadkick504- May 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm
They should make him fight caraway now
JayJitsu310- May 18, 2013 at 9:19 am
maybe that was the plan all along ;)
Clyde- May 17, 2013 at 3:47 pm
Diaz was actually referring to him as "Fag" as in the British slang for cigarette. Suggesting that those who take away the right to blaze a phatty are carcinogenic and will bring about a long drawn out suffering and slow death.
intercept440- May 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm
It's the athletic commision rules on weed. not the ufc's. dana probably wakes and bakes every day. before swallowing rhonda's piss
towelie- May 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm
I understand DW and the Ferts wanting to be the next big thing in sports(next 3 letter promotion) and they seem to be modeling it after NFL and NBA type of league rules to keep it classy. I understand that they also have the FOX deal and all, but this is the fucking fight biz. don't try to control people you stupid fucks. i think it's time for another promotion that isn't a bunch of ass kissers and let's fighters be fighters without trying to put reigns on em.
cman- May 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm
@ MR.
That's funny cuz it assumes we believe you can read.....
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Sshh! You'll blow my cover!
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm
Sweet Jesus who wrote this? This is so bad I want to drink a bottle of Robitussin, squirt honey in my eyes, and mash my face in a pile of birdseed and then lay in the middle of an empty lot until a cloud of ravens descends on me to peck my eyes out so I never read anything again.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm
PS- in prison a punk is a fag, the worst kind, and in England a fag is a cigarette. I don't know what happens if you say "Hey you fucking punk let me hit your fag!" in an English prison.
El Guapo- May 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Just to be clear, does testing positive for herb break the commision's rules of the UFC's rules? I mean, Dana's a fag, but is he weed Nazi fag or just a regular fag?
stak- May 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Dana likes to claim it's the commissions rules but then why does this still happen when it's an overseas event with no commission? Dana is a weed nazi fag. He prefers juice monkeys to stoners.
cman- May 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm
I have a recently deceased gay friend I once invited to watch fights with me at a local sports bar. It was a classic fitchesque fight where all 3 rounds were the fighters spending the whole thing in guard with little else happening, place was dead quite bored when he said WAYYYY to loud "am I the only one who thinks he is watching gay porn?!?"
A. Is this why the UFC is so LGBT friendly now? PPv sales for gays to have yanking material?
B. he was never invited to go again.
C. There times now when I almost agree with him. Especially after watching a few more chick ground wars.
JayJitsu310- May 18, 2013 at 9:22 am
I used to work in a video store back in the 90's, Gay men make up a large segment of the UFC fan base, believe it
Fried Taco- May 17, 2013 at 11:42 am
That's why Nate carries around those nunchucks, in case some fag tries to cut him.
uzitotinbaby- May 17, 2013 at 11:35 am
Spot on, JJ. It isn't about being PC. You can bitch and moan about the way it oughta be or you can accept the way it is. And since I'm not employed by the UFC, Caraway IS a fag!
stak- May 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm
I agree. Caraway is definitely a fag.
BigDaddyD- May 17, 2013 at 11:24 am
Hopefully none of the fighters drop a fat fart that offends dana's nose or they will be fined, suspended or fired... one of two of those three things will happen.
towelie- May 17, 2013 at 11:13 am
"Nate Diaz is currently suspended....We are going to fine, suspend or cut him. One or two of those three will happen."

The end.

apollyonxxx- May 17, 2013 at 10:31 am
caraway is a fag.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am
I think it's pretty obvious Nate didn't mean it a gay-bashing sort of way. But let's not pretend this guy is a friend of homosexual men, God forbid.

I don't think the UFC will cut him. He's too popular. They'll make him issue a very un-nate-like apology, slap him good on the wrist, and rain hellfire on whoever does this next. If it were someone not as popular as Nate, I'm sure they would have got the axe though.
SethF- May 17, 2013 at 10:19 am
Guys, whether or not fag is offensive isn't at all the issue here.

The issue is that Dana White *literally* just got done explaining that that word won't be tolerated in the UFC Code of Conduct (also, the whole Mitrione incident made things clear that the UFC is trying to be an ally to the LGBT community). Believe it or not, if your boss tells you specifically not to do something, and then you immediately do it, there will be consequences for it.
BigDaddyD- May 17, 2013 at 11:22 am
Dana is a fag. the end.
DaltonSwayze- May 17, 2013 at 9:56 am
Everyone knows Diaz wasn't calling Caraway a homosexual, so don't sit on the fence. The word "fag" doesn't mean homosexual to a huge portion of the population and it's going to continue to mean punkass bitch for a long time to come
JayJitsu310- May 18, 2013 at 9:17 am
Everyone apparently missed that episode of South Park
jcv1986- May 17, 2013 at 9:40 am
What a fucking joke,what's next . This is getting out of hand, u can't do fuck all anymore....
crappiefloper- May 17, 2013 at 9:29 am
WAR MMA will rule. start that train a-rolling, so we can watch the wreck!
The12ozCurls- May 17, 2013 at 9:07 am
WAR MMA's Code of Conduct is simply 1 word: ANARCHY