26 Sep 2014 06:16:11 AM
(And yes, that is how you formally enter a “not guilty” plea in Stockton. / Photo via NateDogg209)
According to an ESPN report, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz pleaded not guilty yesterday to eight DUI-related charges stemming from incidents in November 2013 and earlier this month. Diaz’s plea was entered in San Joaquin County Court in California, through his attorney Mandeep Singh Sidhu.* His next court appearance is slated for November 6th, less than three months before he’s scheduled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 183.
Diaz’s charges include DUI, DUI with an alcohol or drug level above .08, unsafe speed for prevailing conditions, failure to appear after written promise**, driving with a suspended license, and a resisting arrest charge that Diaz picked up while trying to vomit up his alcohol at the Lodi Police Department.
Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White have both gone on record saying that Diaz’s superfight against Silva won’t be jeopardized by these charges as long as he deals with the situation and shows up for his court appearances, which is the just about the biggest “as long as” in MMA history. Not showing up is kind of what Diaz is known for.
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