What ever your feelings may be about Nate Diaz’s most recent tweet, where he referred to Caraway as either a british cigarette or the american euphemism for those certain members of the LGBT community, you must admit it is a bit of a breath of fresh air to see the UFC standing up for at least some of their rules.
According to the UFC’s news site they released this statement Friday evening:
“UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct. The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated.
The money will be donated to charity.”
Well that sounds great doesn’t it? But are we going too far? One word can cost someone this much? Yet that very same word has been used many times in the past by other members of the UFC. We don’t even need to go down the list of those who’ve engaged in similar smack talk. So where do the standards begin and end? Is this a new tone for the UFC in general or is it merely preferential treatment?
Was there a statement issued to all UFC fighters regarding proper handling of press conduits? Perhaps a little PR training could be of value to them.
Look, let’s face it, these athletes get into the ring and beat each other senseless. This sort of activity is going to elicit a number of emotions and words that, quite frankly, are just a result of sensory overload. Perhaps all the aggression makes them more prone to this behavior. Though would we have it any other way? We can’t sterilize the world or protect everyone’s ears.
While SciFighting is absolutely, unquestionably devoted to diversity and inclusion for all in the combat sports realm, this incident just didn’t seem to indicate anything more than the usual smack talk fighters are often encouraged to use to pump up a fight. The issue at hand was the specific word chosen. Were the context different, perhaps then it could be argued that Nate was using a homophobic slur, but this is a rather gray area.
Seriously, the word “fag” is used in the UK as slang for “cigarette”. Here in the states it has a derogatory connotation towards homosexual men. Still, it’s just a word. Yes Nick did tweet it, but should that one word result in suspension and a 20K fine?
Speaking of the fine…. if the UFC wants to represent the truest of intentions here they seriously should donate that money to HIV/AIDs research or perhaps some LGBT specific charity. It is after all the likely party to take offense to the word. It would be an honorable thing to do and show consistency with their intentions.
Further to that end, if they are to fine someone for the use of a word like that then honestly what should they do about Joe Rogan’s absolutely offensive commentary on his podcast regarding Fallon Fox? LGBT includes Transexuals. The community is one and the same, but perhaps the UFC feels there is a difference? Or perhaps the code of conduct only applies to fighters? If so, this policy should be re-evaluated. The standards should apply equally up and down the public and private chain of the organization.
This is just ‘our’ opinion of course. What do you think about this whole situation?