The outrage over the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s suspension of Nick Diaz for five years over failing his UFC 183 postfight drug test for marijuana continues, and this time it’s UFC superstar Ronda Rousey who has chimed in. At a Q&A session in Australia last night, Rousey gave her unprompted two cents.
“I’m sorry no one asked me anything, but I have to say something. It’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said. “I’m against them even testing for weed at all. It’s not a performance-enhancing drug, it has nothing to do with athletic competition, it’s only tested for political reasons. They say ‘oh it’s only for your safety to keep you from hurting yourself because you’re out there.’ Well then why don’t they test for all the other things that could possibly hurt us that we could be under the influence of while we’re out there?
“There’s no reason for them to be testing for weed. In athletics, the beautiful thing about it is it separates everything from politics, it shouldn’t be involved at all and Nick is a really close and dear friend of mine so of course I’m going to defend him.”
“It’s so unfair if one person tests for steroids that could actually really hurt a person and the other person smokes a plant that makes them happy, and he gets suspended for five years whereas the guy that could have hurt someone so much that he could have died in there gets a slap on the wrist,” Rousey said. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all.”
Given Diaz’s popularity and place in the sport, and the shifting opinions of marijuana with the general public, it’s safe to say that this will be a hot issue for a while.