Nick Diaz, the erstwhile UFC star and older brother of Nate, was arrested last night in Las Vegas, NV, for domestic battery.
The story has garnered some coverage from a few different outlets, so let’s dig into the most legitimate of them first. Here’s MMAJunkie:
Diaz has been charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged incident.
Officer Larry Hadfield of the LVMPD office of public information told MMAjunkie that the alleged victim was female. Hadfield said officers responded to a call and were dispatched to a Las Vegas residence at approximately 7:20 p.m. PT.
The person with knowledge of the case told MMAjunkie that 12 units were dispatched to the scene, the alleged victim was transported to a local hospital and Diaz was combative with officers during his arrest.
Diaz’s bail was set at $18,000. He remains in custody and cannot post bail until after a court hearing scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m.
Now let’s see what TMZ has to say about it… Oh, they somehow found the salacious stuff, which may or may not be true…
The woman accusing Nick Diaz of domestic violence claims the UFC star has been using cocaine … and that’s what sent him into a violent rage … this according to law enforcement sources.
Multiple sources connected to the case tell TMZ Sports … Diaz’s accuser claims she’s been in an “on-again, off-again sexual relationship” with Nick for years. But it took a turn for the worse in the last few days … because she claims Nick has been using cocaine.
The woman told police Nick attacked her at a Las Vegas home Thursday night … slamming her to the ground and chocking her by the neck. Cops were called to the home and found the alleged victim with red marks around her neck and eyes. We’re told the woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries. We’re told the victim claimed she suffered a hip injury in the altercation with Diaz.
Diaz — who was also at the home when cops arrived — was taken into custody and booked for battery domestic violence and domestic violence by strangulation.
Take all of that with a grain of salt.
So what’s the UFC have to say about this mess?
“UFC is aware of the recent arrest of middleweight athlete, Nick Diaz. The organization does not tolerate domestic violence and requires all athletes to adhere to the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and this situation, as with any official allegations, will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party.”
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