Cesar Gracie responds bitterly to NSAC

source: twitter.com

Earlier today the Nevada State Athletic Commission had a meeting on the two most polarizing fighters in mixed martial arts - Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen exited the meeting with a Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacment Therapy (TRT) and an offer to work in an “advisory capacity” alongside Director Keith Kizer to improve TRT policies in Nevada.

Nick Diaz was fined 30% of his purse and bonus, for testing postiive for marijuana metabolites for smoking medical marijuana legally in his home state of California, where it had been prescribed to treat his ADHD.

One Commissioner made a point of noting that Diaz had said he was more focused in training after smoking marijuana. However, fighting is Diaz's job, and an inability to concentrate at work is a hallmark of ADHD sufferers.

Cesar Gracie, coach, manger, and mentor to Nick Diaz, reacted bitterly, via Twitter.

Cesar Gracie ‏@CesarGracieBJJ
@UFC Get drunk and wreck cars or do steroids between fights is OK. Smoke weed legally between fights and NSAC throws the book at you

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dking site profile image  

5/23/12 6:59 AM by dking

Cesar is right. NSAC is a joke

Jaybrone site profile image  

5/23/12 1:09 AM by Jaybrone

No one has tried either. Using the excuse that no one has gotten one when no one has tried and the commission has in the past told them they could at a minimum TRY to get the exemption with stipulations as to how long prior to the fight they have to abstain etc. But not even attempting to do it and failing the test is solely the fault of Diaz and his management.

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5/22/12 11:06 PM by Jack_Bauer

I'm kind of surprised that everyone is taking the side of Diaz or NSAC with such certainty. I think that both of them have acted unethically at some point. I am not a Diaz fan but NSAC is obviously very biased and influenced by the dollar. There is no consistency with their rulings simply because there doesn't have to be. It's a fucking joke. To be honest, NSAC seemed even more bitter than Gracie.On the other hand, Diaz is a fucking grown-up. Handle yourself accordingly. If your profession requires you to not smoke weed, you probably shouldn't smoke weed. And for the record I fully enjoy poking the smot, but if I participated in sport for a living and they said all you have to do is not take illegal substances, I would stop smoking immediately. Because that's what grown-ups do. If you will get fired from your job for smoking weed and you really enjoy smoking weed, you should probably get a new job. Let Diaz install cable for a living for 12 months, then see if he stops smoking weed to be able to fight for a living. I'll bet he does.NSAC and Diaz's camp are so determined to prove the other one wrong that they don't realize both sides are fucking up publicly.

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5/22/12 6:19 PM by Walbaz

I agree with earlier posts saying it was all about the $$$, NSAC had already made their mind up about Nick Diaz before the hearing and UFC wanting Silva - Sinnen II. I assume NSAC make money from UFC events within the State so therefore wouldn't want the upcoming Silva-Sonnen fight to be cancelled?! If Sonnen hadn't have had a massive fight coming up in Nevada would he have been banned as well?I don't always agree with Cesar and I think perhaps he could take a more pro-active role as Nick's manager but I think on this occasion he is correct in criticising NSAC.Lately UFC has become way too political for my liking, I'm still a fan of the sport butnot so much UFC anymore. Whilst Nick is my favourite fighter without a doubt, I would like to see him stay in retirement and concentrate on triathlon do that he does not have to play the political games of MMA and instead can just go and compete.

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5/22/12 6:04 PM by rrg1

Cesar is just pissy because Nick won't be making him any money anytime soon.

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5/22/12 6:02 PM by aaroncev

To be honest the NSAC had no grounds to suspend him. He had metabolite in his system but that doesn't prove he was stoned while he was in competition.

lionsoul site profile image  

5/22/12 5:54 PM by lionsoul

Sorry... Make that Keith Kizer is the King of the Kangaroo Court... Seriously sad...  

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5/22/12 5:52 PM by Kansas Comet

OK, I can play Devil's Advocate as you are doing lets say for Diaz' next fight 45 days out from the Fight Diaz/Cesar submits the full disclosure I already posted above concerning his prescription, Official Mar. Card, Doctor signature - all documentation etc. the NSAC comes back and states like you are thinking and simply says that is great Nick but it still won't fly you will have to test clean prior to your fight then at least Nick may stop smoking 30 days out from the fight and be fine..I suppose my overall point is the Diaz Camp requires Managerial Leadership - Cesar is awesome as a BJJ Guru/Coach etc but just not seeing the Manager part which is integral to the Diaz Camp because obviously they are elite fighters and Nate is looking like a future Champ they got the fighting part down the Manager and leadership duties have been bungled time and time again missed Press Conferences for a Championship fight? Backing out or better yet simply no showing a BJJ event and all the other shenanigans, unsportsmanlike episodes, unprofessionalism this is where the Manager and leader steps in and it has just not happened in the Diaz Camp..These two Nick Diaz' failed Drug tests are the latest bungles and is indicative of my whole point about the lack of a bona fide Manager and Leader of the Diaz Camp.

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5/22/12 5:43 PM by HexRei

haha... deserves to burn... trees... nice 1

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5/22/12 5:41 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

I can appreciate the viewpoint that Nick deserves to burn, but the forest for the trees viewpoint of some reasonable people is that we are looking at a Commission that has embraced bullshit therapeutic testosterone prescriptions that allow for a fighter to jack up on a true performance enhancer, and there is pot smoker sitting out for a year. If you don't get why that offends some people, this pathetic end result of the Commission's holy war against PEDs, I'm not sure what to tell you brilliant dissectors of the regulated life of Nick Diaz.