Not long after Nate Diaz used a gay slur in a tweet Thursday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that the veteran fighter has been suspended until the promotion can conduct an investigation.
Diaz used a derogatory term while referencing that the “Submission of the Night” award, which was originally given to Pat Healy at UFC 159, has been awarded to Bryan Caraway instead. Healy was initially given the honor for his submission win over Jim Miller at the April 27th event, but after testing positive for marijuana, the result has been overturned and Healy cannot collect the bonus. Diaz’s tweet stated:
I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest Fag in the world ..
Since the statement violates the promotion’s code of conduct, the UFC released a statement later on Thursday.
“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.”
According to multiple reports, UFC President Dana White has relayed that Diaz will be suspended, fined or cut for making the remark.
Prior to the release of the UFC statement, Diaz’s manager Mike Roberts defended the fighter while corresponding with MMA Junkie.com, arguing that the vet “didn’t make it in reference to homosexuals or calling Caraway a homosexual.” Roberts said, rather, that Diaz was upset about the fact that Caraway was critical of Healy after receiving the award, which included $65,000.
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