clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Manager: Nate Diaz feels no remorse for 'fag' tweet, 'confused' with UFC Code of Conduct

New, 101 comments

Nate Diaz was hit with a $20,000 fine and a 90-day suspension following a controversial Tweet that labeled Bryan Caraway a “fag.” Now, Mike Kogan -- Diaz's mixed martial arts (MMA) manager -- wonders how exactly UFC officials came up with the punishment, questioning the promotion's Code of Conduct.

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Nate Diaz found himself in hot water last week when he took to Twitter and called Bryan Caraway, the "biggest fag in the world" after "Kid Lightning" became the recipient of a $65,000 in "Submission of the Night" bonus after Pat Healy -- the original winner -- tested positive for marijuana in his UFC 159 post-fight drug test.

Diaz didn't like it one bit.

After Diaz sent out the controversial tweet, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brought down the hammer on the Stockton slugger, suspending him for 90 days and fining him a whopping $20,000.

Mike Kogan, Diaz's manager, came to the defense of his client, saying it was meant to refer to Caraway as a "little punk" and has nothing to do with homosexuals at all. Nevertheless, a few hours later, UFC executives had the final say, punishing The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 winner for his insensitive language.

Now, Kogan is questioning the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotions Code of Conduct, confused as to what exactly is considered to be offensive. More important, Kogan wants to know which fighters are held to a higher standard.

He shared his concerns on "The MMA Hour:"

"No, I'm not surprised (UFC suspended Diaz). They have made it pretty clear that they are not going to tolerate any kind of controversial statements. I don't think they have made it clear enough as to exactly what they are and what they are not. I'm still confused on this code of conduct thing, but I know one exists somewhere. But I wasn't shocked that they came out the way they did. This is just my personal opinion, I don't want people jumping all over me for this and hating on me again, but, I think yesterday or the day before yesterday, Joe, whatever his name is, Benavidez, whatever. He tweets out a picture where he is butt naked with a watermelon in between where his junk is supposed to be and two guys in singlets behind him and the tweet says, "just doing my part to support wrestling" or freeing wrestling. I mean, to me, that's, I don't know what message he was trying to send and I don't know how supporting wrestling involves being naked with a watermelon between your legs and two guys in singlet's behind you, but one could argue that can get some people offended. And nothing's going on with him. So, I don't know how this thing is applied. Obviously the slur that Nate used was not intended for what people are thinking. I'm sure it qualifies as something you shouldn't say, but, I just don't know how it's applied. Different people do different stuff. I think Ronda Rousey has made some comments that were kind of questionable. I'm not trying to throw people under the bus, I'm just saying, people that are out there making their opinions known and I guess just randomly are more bold than the others or maybe there is some kind of Twitter hate meter, if it goes up to high you start to punish, I don't really know, it really doesn't matter, it is what it is."

Joseph Benavidez's photo in question is right here for your viewing (dis)pleasure.

Kogan revealed he was the one who deleted the tweet, but neither he nor Diaz "feel bad" for it because they didn't mean it in the way most people took it. Accordingly, to expect either one of them to apologize for something Diaz didn't intend to do is "stupid."

"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?

Matt Mitrione was recently suspended for his verbal assault against transgender fighter Fallon Fox, but his punishment was short-lived as "Meathead" was booked for a fight three weeks after the ruling was handed down.

Perhaps if Diaz isn't allowed to get back into the Octagon early, much like Mitrione was, his management team may have a point when it comes to equality in punishments handed down.

Anyone out there think there are holes in the UFC's Code of Conduct that need to be filled for the Las Vegas, Nevada,-based promotion to avoid future problems with agents, managers and lawyers?