Nick Diaz is a very talented fighter. Few would dispute that, how-ever he certainly has some challenges when it comes to the use of a social filter. His latest claim of a desire to retire isn’t entirely new (he stated to mmajunkie.com he’s been thinking about dropping out of the sport since his suspension for use of marijuana after losing to Carlos Condit at UFC 143).
In that same article / interview how-ever he goes on to state that he’s “never paid taxes” in his life. This is not a joking matter. In tough economic times as most have seen the past decade it’s a pretty tough pill to swallow hearing a figure such as Nick Diaz has never paid taxes in his life. Economic recession aside just consider how serious a matter it is for the US government. Al Capone, one of the most notorious crime bosses of the 1920’s was convicted of Tax Evasion in 1931 and served 8 years at Alcatraz. The conviction essentially ended his rule over the Chicago based crime syndicate.
What do you think a conviction like this would do for someone like Nick Diaz? When an athlete or other public figure begins to make statements about tax evasion to the media, it’s a very reasonable question to ask if they’ve past their prime. Again, we doubt anyone questions Nick’s ability as a fighter, but for the money being payed out per bout, it’s hardly a good idea to come out and say you’ve never paid taxes.
What do you think? Is it time for Nick Diaz to retire?