Photo: Nate Diaz Officially Suspended From UFC for Homophobic Tweet
Nate Diaz has officially been suspended by the UFC for a homophobic slur he tweeted directed towards Bryan Caraway.
Diaz recently aimed an angry tweet at Caraway for accepting Pat Healy’s Submission of the Night bonus money after Healy tested positive for marijuana.
Healy forfeited $130,000 in bonus money after his submission win over Jim Miller at UFC 159, and Caraway, who had submitted Johnny Bedford with a guillotine choke that night, was given the Submission of the Night bonus of $65,000.
In the tweet, Diaz called Caraway “the biggest fa**ot in the world,” for accepting the bonus money.
In a press release, the UFC stated:
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.
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, also released a statement:
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct. The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.
The money will be donated to charity.
Diaz’s most recent UFC fight was against Josh Thomson in April. He lost via TKO.
On Monday, Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, said the fighter “doesn’t feel remorse for what he said.”
During an interview with The MMA Hour, Kogan added, ‘I don’t feel remorse for what he said. I don’t feel remorse for defending what he said or elaborating on what he said. Because it was not a homophobic statement. It was not intended to offend homosexuals. We weren’t even talking about homosexuals. One can debate the multiple uses of this term. We can sit here and debate in the English language, there’s a lot of words that mean a lot of different things, but whatever. As it is, it wasn’t intended to be used the way people tried to twist the way it was being used. So therefore, what does he have to feel bad about?’