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NSAC Head Keith Kizer Weighs in on King Mo’s Accusations of Racism

(Muhammed Lawal in happier times.)

Remember two days ago when Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal went before the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a hearing on his for a positive drug test, got asked if he understood and could read English, was suspended and fined and then went on twitter to call the commissioner who asked about his literacy a racist? Well, her boss seems to disagree with that assessment.

We wrote NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer to ask him if he felt that Commissioner Pat Lundvall’s line of questioning was offensive, racially or otherwise, or if her questions represented standard procedure in Nevada’s ongoing quest to emphasize fighters taking personal responsibility. Kizer was direct and concise in his response:

“The questioning was foundational in nature, very common and quite appropriate,” Kizer wrote us back.

During Lawal’s hearing on Tuesday, the accuracy of his pre-fight questionnaire — which asks, among other things, about medications that a fighter may be taking as well as recent and ongoing injuries that he or she may have — was called into question. Discrepancies seemed to arise between what was put down on those forms (and who even filled the forms out) and Lawal’s subsequent claims. During questioning, Lundvall asked Lawal if he understood English, could read English, and a few other condescending questions.

Lawal has since said that he felt insulted for being asked that, considering that he had been speaking to the commission in English for some time at that point and attended college in these United States. The Southern-born wrestler said Lundvall’s line of questioning reminded him of discrimination from his past.

Listen to some audio of Lawal’s hearing below (you can fast forward to around the 6:50 mark to hear Lundvall ask Lawal about understanding English, owning a PC, having an email address and other deadpan gold). There isn’t any particular reason to believe that Commissioner Lundvall’s questioning of Lawal was racially motivated, but it was certainly a dressing-down.

What do you think, nation? Racism, race-baiting or simple misunderstanding among friends?

Elias Cepeda

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J-Dog- March 30, 2012 at 11:40 am
It may sound condescending, but really in the grand scheme of things this is a like a legal trial, and they should ask those questions to establish literacy when it comes to the documents that the fighter has signed. There are a lot of people who fight in the UFC who don't speak or read English. There could even be some native English speakers who can't read, who knows. The point is, that was a legitimate question and the guy's literacy needed to be established since he read and signed documents.
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Adolf_Hitler- March 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm
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Alan K- March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm
"No habla ingles, you dumb crackers."
Nintendong- March 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Can't articulate an actual reason for anything? Play the race card! Works every time! So sick of that shit.
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 29, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Such a irrelevant idiot. Broad was asking why he marked the form wrong when his tests came back positive. She was inquiring that if he can speak and read english then why did he lie on his app. He pulls the race card....he's done nothing but diss fans, cheat and diss his own org as a Cancer the fuck can anyone argue his release....Rampage light has done about as much in this sport as a manager at Burger King does opening for a shift....and he wants to lip off like he deserves it? White, Black or Alien hes an idiot, it looks good on him and now he can go away. It's funny how educated he sounded when Zuffa cut his fuckin ass. Being a cool guy didnt work this time eh buds. Ive said it all before....looks good on him now fuck off.
Kimbo Lesnar- March 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Racist? I don't think so. Extremely condescending?? Most definitely.
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Condescending ya but think of the context "Okay so what your telling me is you can read english right? You can write english correct? Well why dont you explain to us why your tests came back positive then"..................................*Pull race card, cry foul, blame it on your heritage, blame white people* Why dont you blame your fuckin self you idiot for testing positive for steroids aka Cheating. What a loser.
HandsofGold- March 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Why is this even a matter. King Mo hasn't proved shit anyway, except most of what he says is equivalent to James Tony
Omelette Platter- March 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm
does the NSAC record or transcribe all of their disciplinary hearings? kizer says this is a standard line of questioning, so there should be lots of evidence to back up his claim, right?
bigstupidsmile- March 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Shit white dudes say.
bgoldstein- March 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm
I can't believe nobody's made a Pulp Fiction reference yet.
"Does he look like a BITCH?"
rngeorgeh- March 29, 2012 at 11:48 am
"DO you read English?", sounds kinda' awkward. Anyway, the only racism here is comin' from Mo.
The_Dead_Cow- March 29, 2012 at 11:42 am
Get Off Me- March 29, 2012 at 11:48 am
The12ozCurls- March 29, 2012 at 11:28 am
Lundvall - "Do you understand English?"
King Mo -- "Yes"
Lundvall - "Do you read English"
King Mo -- "Yes"

Damn Mo - all you had to do was answer "NO" to both and your ass would be scheduling your next fight right now. If I have learned anything over the years, when you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar and you are guitly as shit -- PLAY DUMB. Granted, stupidity should be painful but it is not and pretending to be a complete moron can get you out of a lot of stuff.
Fletch the V Stretch- March 30, 2012 at 6:25 am
Haha, you are quickly becoming my favorite poster on here... you know... besides myself. Wait, you aren't colored are you? I am sure you have heard the rumors about me, right? On the real though, playing dumb is a get out of jail free card. Sucks to have to pretend you are intellectually inferior but sometimes it has to be done.
rite leg ospitahl- March 29, 2012 at 11:24 am
look man the only reason racism is still an issue in this country is becuz people refuse to resort to intelligent means of defense. lawal says "im not pulling a race card... i just called her a racist bitch." thats pretty much pulling the race card. then forums and sites keep promoting the chatter about it. could it possibly be that she was busting his chops becuz they doubted that he filled out his own paperwork, and or claimed that the reason he didnt disclose p.e.d's is " becuz he didnt understand the wording they were asking in the form." she was baiting him to catch him in a lie. "sir can u even read or speak english?", "why yes of course i can u racist bitch!", "oh well then there is no reason why u would have falsified forms due to misunderstanding." people like lawal need to realize when u play "the heel" it rubs some the wrong way, so the first chance they get to pop ur bubble, they are gonna take it. black, white, yellow, or rainbow. being an ass-hole comes with a price, sometimes u have to pay it. zuffa releasing him was a bit stiff for a twitter rant, but everyone needs to realize that social media is dangerous; teachers are actually required to give their face book passwords upon interview. thats the way the world works now. all in all, if lawal thought that he was unfaily being treated "like a nigger" he sure didnt waste anytime going home, jumping on the computer and "acting like one"
Get Off Me- March 29, 2012 at 11:16 am
Whoever smelt it delt it. Mo is the Racist for making this about race. Condescending, yes. A bitch being a bitch, yes. Racist, no.
The12ozCurls- March 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm
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