It could cost Nick Diaz $75,000 to corner his brother
On August 1, UFC welterweight Nick Diaz came off an 18 month suspension for use of the notorious Performance Enhancing Drug marijuana.
It could have been worse.
Diaz was originally suspended for five years for his third marijuana-related failed test. The thing is, Diaz really didn’t fail. The fighter was given three fight night tests, and passed two of them. The two he passed were consistent, and before and after the failed one, which was conducted by a less reputable company.
“Anti-doping is a very difficult field to 100% comprehend,” said UFC drug czar Jeff Novitzky at the time. “Those commissioners are part time, at best. The Executive Director, Bob Bennett, who runs the anti-doping day to day operations, that’s only a small part of his full-time job. I’ve been immersed in anti-doping for 13 years, and I’m still constantly learning and struggling to keep up with the intricacies of it. It’s a difficult topic and area, but it’s one you have to get perfect, and all that being said, they didn’t get this one perfect. They got this one wrong, in my opinion.“
That is the opinion of the most knowledgable figure in the sport, or perhaps anywhere, the man who took down Lance Armstrong. It’s like Stephen Hawking telling you your arithmetic is wrong.
Diaz was also given a $165,000 fine, that was reduced to $100,000 in a settlement. Diaz has paid off $25,000 of the fine, but until it is paid in full, the suspension is not ended. So as it stands, according to Damon Martin for FOX Sports, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will not license Nick to corner his brother Nate vs. Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 202 on Saturday, unless he pays $75,000 more.
“As of this date Nick Diaz is not permitted to work the corner of his brother Nate because he is still suspended,” said Bennett.
“I contacted the UFC two to three weeks ago regarding Nevada Administrative Code 467 in an effort to clarify and confirm the conditions that would allow Nick to work Nate’s corner. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made a concerted effort to keep everyone involved in the fight regarding our Codes as we thought Nate would request his brother to work his corner. Additionally we provided them information as to who to contact at the Attorney General’s Office in an effort for Nick to be in compliance with his written settlement/agreement. I was informed by the UFC they contacted Nick and/or his manager and advised them what our regulations require to accommodate the possible request.”
“Although the term of Mr. Diaz’s suspension expired on August 1, 2016, he remains on suspension pursuant to term 1.03 of his Settlement Agreement because he has failed to either pay his fine in full (his balance is $75,000) or enter into an approved payment plan.”
“As such, the prohibitions of NAC 467.895 apply to Mr. Diaz at this time.”
So as it stands, Nick Diaz is not allowed in the dressing rooms, or in the first six rows, and he cannot communicate with his brother, or his brother’s coaches anywhere in the arena including the dressing rooms.
Unless he pays $75,000 more.
That’s not right.