Nate Diaz (indirectly) called fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway the “biggest Fag in the world,” earlier this week. This was in response to Caraway accepting a bonus that Pat Healy had to forfeit after testing positive for marijuana at UFC 159. I predicted yesterday that Diaz would probably be suspended until the UFC needed to schedule him to fight. On Thursday night the UFC suspended Diaz and said they were considering further actions.
In most world’s, this would mean it was time for Diaz to delete his tweet, issue an apology and try to make amends to the gay community, however half-hearted an attempt it may be. Well the 209 is not most worlds, homie. Instead of doing any of that, Diaz and his camp seem to be doubling down. MMA Junkie spoke with Diaz’s manager, Mike Kogan, and the words that he said about this situation are unbelievable for someone who – in theory – has the world “manager” on his business card. From MMA Junkie:
Kogan, however, defended Diaz’s choice of words. He did not advise the fighter to delete the tweet and advised his Twitter followers to look up the meaning of the word “f-g” in the Urban Dictionary.
Seriously. The following Tweet goes to a TwitLonger link that continues, “from Urban Dictionary @natediaz209,” with another link to a screen grab of the Urban Dictionary definition of “fag.” (seen below)
Before everyone gets all bed out of shape. Calm the fuck down and educate yourselves please read (cont) tl.gd/lr0asd
— Mike Kogan (@MikeKogan) May 16, 2013
Here is the screen cap if you don’t want to click through 3 links because Kogan couldn’t trim 14 characters off his eloquent plea for everyone to calm the fuck down and educate themselves.
See? There is no harm there. Diaz was simply implying that the person who accepted Pat Healy’s lost bonus money – Bryan Caraway – was a person who owns or frequently rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle. You don’t have to be a #sorryasslittlebitch to know that.
Back to his statement to MMA Junkie…
“Nate voiced a personal opinion about an incident that took place involving Bryan Caraway in which he chased Dana all over Twitter to try to get a bonus, which was taken away from Pat Healy, got the bonus, and then had the nerve to go back out there and bash the guy and talk s–t about weed-smoking and how much he hates it and how it’s wrong, which was, at best, a s–t move on his side,” Kogan said.
“Guess what? The word f—-t, at least in Northern California, and where Nate is from, means bitch. It means you’re a little punk. It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all. So when Nate made the comment that he made, he didn’t make it in reference to homosexuals or calling Caraway a homosexual. He just said it was a bitch move.”
Sure, he gives a different definition in his statement, but that happens. “Fag” has 453 definitions on Urban Dictionary spanning 65 pages. It only makes sense that eventually someone was going to call someone else a fag and there was going to be some confusion. This is just another case of the haters on the Internet piling on a Diaz brother from Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – the Amy’s Baking Company of mixed martial arts camps.
Diaz’s manager is using the Michael Scott defense. It is amazing that in 2013 there are still people who don’t understand that you’re not supposed to say certain things in public forums. It doesn’t matter what Diaz meant. Things like this and the brawl following a Strikeforce event on CBS are the kind of things that people point to while they continue to successfully keep sanctioned mixed martial arts out of New York State. At some point the UFC is going to have to say enough is enough – no matter what definition they use.