(Does this look like a man who considers the consequences and repercussions of his actions?)
Nick Diaz’s chief enabler/manager Cesar Gracie weighed in on the California State Athletic Commission’s recent clarification of their stance on athletes and medical marijuana. If you’ve followed the adventures of Cesar and Nick in past episodes such as “Nick screws over Strikeforce” and “Nick gets pulled from EliteXC event,” it probably won’t surprise you to know that Gracie isn’t responding by insisting that his fighter get clean or find himself new management:
“Just when he gets licensed, he probably shouldn’t smoke,” said Gracie. “That’s my advice to him. If you’re going to fight, don’t smoke. Besides that, there are a lot of states in the country. He could go fight in Japan. He could fight wherever he wants.”
“Obviously, I’d love to have Nick fight in California,” said Gracie. “It’s right here in my home state. It’s not Virginia or something where Nathan (Diaz) is fighting. It’d be great if Nick could quit smoking all together, if he could do that, but if he doesn’t, he doesn’t.”
Something tells me that when those lazy Hollywood producers finally get around to making that Oscar-winning movie about Diaz’s life, Gracie will not be portrayed as the stern father figure who tells Nick the difficult truths he needs to hear. Instead, he’ll be the benevolent background figure who would kind of like to see you get your act together, I mean, if you feel like it.
As for Diaz’s response to the CSAC’s stance on medical marijuana, Gracie said he “doesn’t give a (expletive),” which should surprise no one. He also said that Diaz may fight on the January 30 Strikeforce card in Florida, but didn’t mention any possible opponents. He then concluded by jokingly (we hope) comparing Diaz’s refusal to stop smoking weed to Rosa Parks’ refusal to get up from her seat on the bus. Seriously:
“What can you do, man?” Gracie said of the CSAC policy. “Rosa Parks wasn’t supposed to ride in the front of the bus. She was supposed to be in the back of that bus. Nick is the Rosa Parks of MMA,” he added with a laugh.
It may sound absurd and slightly offensive, but in Gracie’s defense, I found this excerpt from a chapter on the Civil Rights Movement in a high school history textbook:
“Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was a civil rights pioneer whose act of civil disobedience helped spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott on December 1, 1955. After bus driver James Blake demanded that she give up her seat to a white passenger, Parks refused. When told that she could be arrested, Parks remained in her seat and insisted that she ‘didn’t give a (expletive).’ After a Supreme Court ruling declared the Alabama and Montgomery bus laws unconstitutional, Parks revealed that she had been ‘totally stoned’ throughout the entire boycott.”
How ’bout that, old Cesar was on to something.