Diaz manager: ‘Fag’ means punk or bitch, not gay

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pat Healy made a financially disastrous decision to smoke marijuana prior to his fight with Jim Miller last month at UFC 159, which saw him awarded not one but two $65,000 performance bonuses. When a test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission came back positive for marijuana, the bout result was changed to NC, and Healy was out $130,000.

The $65,000 bonus for Submission of the Night went to Bryan Caraway. Caraway then expressed enthusiasm for the bonus, and disdain for marijuana use.

“I couldn’t be more happy, and it was an insanely pleasant surprise,” said Caraway.

“All I’ve got to say is that’s some expensive weed. I like Healy a lot. I came up through the fighting ranks with him. We used to train together at Team Quest. I love the guy. But I have absolutely zero remorse or guilt.

“I hate weed. I cannot stand it. I’ve never tried it. I’ve never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don’t care if it’s legal in some places or not. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. Whether it’s legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules.”

“There’s going to be haters in this sport, but I know I’m a genuinely good person, and I know that’s eventually going to shine through. People are going to start seeing my character and that I’m a tough dude. It does feel good to get recognition. It’s welcoming.”

Nate Diaz took pointed offense at the remarks.

“I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money,” tweeted Diaz. “And I think the guy who took the money is the biggest Fag in the world.”

“#sorryasslittlebitch”

In response, Diaz has been suspended by the UFC, pending the results of and internal investigation. The UFC recently instituted a formal code of conduct that bars fighters from using discriminatory or derogatory language.

“We are going to fine, suspend or cut him,” said UFC president Dana White. “One or two of those three will happen.”

However, in a conversation with MMAJunkie, Diaz’s manager Mike Kogan said that the use of the term was not a slur against homosexuals, but rather a general term of disparagement.

“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— about weed-smoking and how much he hates it and how it’s wrong, which was, at best, a s— move on his side,” said Kogan.

“Guess what? The word faggot, 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.”

Kogan was asked whether prominent fighters are held to a highter standard of conduct in social media.

“How people take it is beyond my control,” said Kogan. “But that’s what his intent was. And it was a bitch move, for the record. Pat Healy? It’s not like Pat Healy is Georges St-Pierre and he could afford it. That was probably the most money he’s ever made in his life. And because of something he did I’m pretty sure way before the fight … it’s not like he walked out into the cage with f—ing weed in his mouth. He got fined. He doesn’t need somebody else dwelling over it.

“I’m sure some people got offended, and hopefully this article will explain what his intent was. But how people view it is how people view it. I can’t control that. His intent was not to make a derogatory term toward homosexuals. He used the word to refer to a punk or a bitch.”

Diaz was not the sole figure to take umbrage at Caraway.

Bellator fighter Michelle Ould, too weighed in, via Twitter.

Michelle Ould ‏@MichelleOuldMMA
Dude use to sell my ex roommate PED’s – but he hates weed -go figure

FightDiscussion ‏@FightDiscussion
@MichelleOuldMMA seriously? I heard this and came to look for myself

Michelle Ould ‏@MichelleOuldMMA
yep

Caraway flatly denied the accusation during an extended back and forth with Ould.

Bryan Caraway ‏@BryanCaraway
@MichelleOuldMMA Thats a F’ing Lie 100% either on your part or whoever your roommate is so Nice try on getting a lil attention. SMH

Michelle Ould ‏@MichelleOuldMMA
@BryanCaraway  if I wanted attn I woulda said Sumn years ago-I just kno what she told me. And ur ex. N couple other ppl.

Bryan Caraway ‏@BryanCaraway
@MichelleOuldMMA well I swear on everything that’s not true. And my Ex??? U might have me confused w some1 else?

Michelle Ould ‏@MichelleOuldMMA
@BryanCaraway no Hun-not confused. Who knows maybe every1 is Lyin on u-I’m not out 2 get u I just feel—well, glass houses-ya kno?