Suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000, 209’s Nate Diaz is still flashing the middle-finger at Bryan Caraway [hypothetically for now]. If you’re not aware, Diaz had been disciplined by his UFC employers for Twitter comments towards fighter Bryan Caraway — calling him a “faggot.” During yesterdays MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Diaz’s new manager Mike Kogan had this to say on Diaz’s view of the incident.
“Nate doesn’t feel remorse for what he said, 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? The fact that [Caraway] shouldn’t gloat over other person’s issues and try to kiss ass to make a point?
“Did anybody ask Bryan Caraway about his stance on marijuana? No, nobody asked Bryan Caraway anything. They just gave him the damn money because he was chasing after Dana all over Twitter begging for the god damn bonus. Just take your money and go away.”
Kogan goes on to explain that if it were meant the way it was perceived by some, that would be understanding.
“If we would have made a homophobic statement, or a statement that was clearly intended to insult homosexuals, that’s one thing. You come out and say, ‘Hey, you know what, I’m really sorry it hurt people. We didn’t mean to do that.’ But to me, and this is just my philosophy, and I’m sure it’s going to be disagreed with by many people. This is how I think, and how Nate thinks. The mere fact that there is a protocol to deal with these crisis situation implies its lack of sincerity.”