Manager: Diaz not remorseful for use of gay slur


Last week Nate Diaz tweeted a message to Brian Caraway using the term 'fag' to refer to his fellow UFC fighter. The UFC took action and suspended Diaz for 90 days and fined him $20,000.00. His manager later explained the manner in which Diaz meant the word, and today on the MMA Hour again defended his client:

"Nate doesn't feel remorse for what he said," Kogan told host Ariel Helwani."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? 

"If we would have made a homophobic statement, or a statement that was clearly intended to insult homosexuals, that’s one thing," he said. "You come out and say, 'Hey, you know what, I’m really sorry it hurt people. We didn’t mean to do that.' But to me, and this is just my philosophy, and I'm sure it's going to be disagreed with by many people. This is how I think, and how Nate thinks. The mere fact that there is a protocol to deal with these crisis situation implies its lack of sincerity."

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Kid Charlemagne site profile image  

5/23/13 1:07 AM by Kid Charlemagne

Lol touché

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

5/23/13 1:05 AM by ShawnTheBadger

Well...there's some hard feelings after this mutual bro-respect.                                 Half-homo.                   Is that how I do that joke?  Or did I just offend myself?

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5/23/13 1:00 AM by Kid Charlemagne

Cause if we didn't catch it in the previous pages. In that instance "fag" is a subordinate boy that followed an older boy in school. No gay implications at all...

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5/23/13 12:58 AM by Kid Charlemagne

I'm not abusing the context because it is applicable based on the setting. If a gay man was on vacation in England and over hears Joe telling his mate about the fag that gave him money, it wouldn't be right for the gay man to be upset blindly because in the general sense of that conversation - fag is in reference to the "old English term" (that's existed for hundreds of years). That is how context applies. The man couldn't be offended by that usage because there is no gay implication. You are saying context doesn't matter though...which is where I draw the lineThat's all I'm saying

GIBB0 site profile image  

5/23/13 12:58 AM by GIBB0

If you are among a few good friends that you know aren't gay it's not insensitive to use it then.But if you are within earshot of a gay person, or could possibly be, it's insensitive.

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5/23/13 12:55 AM by GIBB0

So Diaz isn't remorseful? So he is saying he has no remorse for offending homosexuals?Why can't he say "I didn't mean it as a gay slur, so I apologize if I offended any gay people with my comments."Regardless of the origin of the word it's use in our society is as a slur that implies that being gay is a bad thing.It doesn't matter if the word meant they were the greatest person on earth in old England, or whether the person saying it means to use it only as an offensive word unrelated to homosexuality.It's a word that is a gay slur. It offends a decent section of our society. It's a word that hurts more than the person you are talking to.It's shouldn't be thrown around casually, it's very insensitive to do so.There's 1000s of slurs and ways to name call in our language. Use a different one. Particularly in a public forum as a representative of your company.And if you say you have no remorse you are basically saying you don't care that you offended more than the target of your comment.There's no way the UFC can get away with not punishing him for his tweet.

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5/23/13 12:53 AM by Kid Charlemagne

Back at you man! Hope there are no hard feelings but yes, agree to disagree.

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5/23/13 12:50 AM by Tiresias

You are abusing the word 'context'.  Context is not simply "what you want the word to mean".  It is the shared assumptions of the entirety of a group that is involved (saying and hearing) in an utterance.  When you are a public figure on twitter, the context of your utterance is in effect the whole of American culture.  If you are joking with your friends, and using 'fag' as a put-down, then you are in a very limited context (although if anyone viewed it from the outside, then the context would include them.) You are getting offended by people's getting offended, but there is nothing "unfair" about people responding to a word as it is in our language.  It's that simple.

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5/23/13 12:47 AM by ShawnTheBadger

Voted UP Kid Charlemagne.  We do not have to agree on this issue. Willing to discuss, even debate vehemently, in a reasonably rational fashion earns my respect.  

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5/23/13 12:45 AM by Kid Charlemagne

It's not language that's unfair it's the people getting offended without knowing context. That is unfair, being quick to judge. But they can get away with it because its all about being PC.