Cesar Gracie, Nick Diaz’s (Pictured) longtime manager, is baffled by the 12-month suspension the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed his protégé on Monday. What seems to irk Gracie the most is that other fighters committing worse crimes have received lesser punishments.
“Get drunk and wreck cars or do steroids between fights is OK. Smoke weed legally between fights and NSAC throws the book at you,” Gracie tweeted.
Gracie is referencing UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones and former heavyweight top contender Alistair Overeem, respectively. Jones totaled his $190,000 Bentley and got popped for a DUI over the weekend, while Overeem failed his random UFC 146 pre-fight drug test after injecting himself with testosterone.
Jones won’t likely face any form of punishment by an athletic commission or the UFC, at least publicly, and Overeem was only banned for nine months by the very same board that suspended Diaz for a year after registering positive for marijuana metabolites.
Mr. 209 was issued a medical marijuana license to treat his case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Diaz is eligible to return to action as early as February 4th, 2013. Although, that day may never come. The 28-year-old retired from mixed martial arts following his loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 and has not expressed any interest in coming back.
However, absence makes the heart grow fonder and Diaz has plenty of time on his side to rekindle his love for the sport.