Lawal NSAC commissioner used identical language previously

by Kirik Jenness | source:

Former Strikeforce Lightheavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal recently tested positive for the Performance Enhancing Drug Drostanolone in a post fight urinalysis administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. At a hearing on Monday Lawal was NSAC-Commissioner/" target="_blank">sharply questioned by NSAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall, who at one point asked "Can you read English?"

The NSAC ultimately declared Lawal's win over Larkin a No Contest, fined him $39,000 (30% percent of his $80,000 show purse, and 100% of his $15,000 win bonus, suspended for nine months, and he is subject to further testing in order to be relicensed.

Lawal took offense at the questioning by Lundvall, and a short time later called her a "racist b---" on twitter. He was shortly thereafter released by Strikeforce parent company ZUFFA.

Debate followed in the MMA community about whether Lundvall's questioning was racist or at the very least insensitive, or whether it was an appropriate and warranted question by a woman who has been described as one of Nevada's top trial lawyers.

The issue in no small part hinges on whether or not Lundvall has used identical language with a caucasian fighter in the past.

It turns out she has, as detailed in a piece by Kevin Iole.

On March 23,  2011, boxer Michael Shane Steele tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Steele, who is white, appeared before the commission on May 20, 2011, and underwent rigorous questioning from Lundvall. According to a commission transcript, the following exchange took place between Lundvall and Steele:

Pat Lundvall: Do you have any other information that you are willing to share with the Commission to explain why you tested positive for banned substances?

Michael Steele: None. Only the supplements I took and what I was trying to accomplish in taking them.

PL: Do you read English?

MS: Yes, ma'am.

PL: Do you understand the written word?

MS: Yes, I believe so.

While the questioning was undoubtedly unpleasant, it is now abundantly apparant that it was not racist.

It is now incumbent on Lawal to offer a public and private apology, heal up fast, take the highest paying fights available, and hopefully work his way back quickly into the highest levels of the sport.


tags: Strikeforce   Muhammed Lawal   King Mo   NSAC   Regulation   Nevada   


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CindyO site profile image  

4/1/12 2:02 AM by CindyO

 Hahahaha!!! Cindy

Othello site profile image  

3/31/12 5:09 PM by Othello

Free speech issue? wtf lol... and Gil Melendez, Barnett or Cormier aren't worth watching? You're a fucking moran dude... free speech issue... El oh fucking El....

MPA site profile image  

3/31/12 5:04 PM by MPA

Well, the article went to great lengths to write out the conversation between the commissioner and some white guy. Why didn't he write the conversation between her and Mo?It's irrelevant since the issue surrounds free speech. I think Mo will win in the courts.But who cares really? Strikeforce is already a dead man walking organization. Who do they have to make a draw? Fedor? Nope. Bigfoot? Nope. Reem? Nope. Hendo? Nope. Mo? Hell No!Mo was their last time, who cares to watch any other fighters?

Chiron site profile image  

3/30/12 9:20 PM by Chiron

Ya, I highly doubt it's required. Still, it is a standard line of questioning to close any potential loopholes a fighter might use as many of us suspected and some lawyers here have pointed out. Plus, it should be noted that Mo failed the drug test in Nevada while Chael failed it in California so different lawyers were asking the questions. This one obviously has a track record of asking such questions for the sake of being thorough.

HexRei site profile image  

3/30/12 4:50 PM by HexRei

Not to mention that dude I was just replying to said that her question were "REQUIRED protection in the legal world. She MUST ask those questions to everyone put in front of them." His words, not mine.

HexRei site profile image  

3/30/12 4:49 PM by HexRei

No, it was based on "you didnt comprehend the requirements to be legally granted permission to fight on TRT". not so different. OH and also he straight up lied about Keith Kizer clearing it with him, of course.

Thacommish site profile image  

3/30/12 4:03 PM by Thacommish

Chael sonnen was on TRT, his whole case wasnt based on the idea of "yeah i didnt know what was in that". Thus the difference... you see

HexRei site profile image  

3/30/12 1:43 PM by HexRei

Well, not the way you think it does. I watched Chael Sonnen's entire testimony and questioning with the NSAC over his TRT scandal and at no point did they ask him if he understood English. Just one example. Don't try to say its required, its not.

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3/30/12 1:37 PM by Devlin