Outrage over Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for testing positive to marijuana has spread far beyond the confines of the mixed martial arts community.
Celebrities have chimed in. The hashtag #FreeNickDiaz circulated throughout social media. A White House petition was created that exceeded the amount of signatures needed by a considerable margin.
Although celebrities and petitions garner attention, the opinion of the fighters has been almost uniform. Heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell became the latest voice of dissent about the length of Diaz’s suspension.
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“I’ll sum it and just say that it’s absurd. That’s what happened. We all like watching him fight and five years is ridiculous. I hope that through the fans’ help that we’re going to help reduce that or make some changes to it,” said Rothwell during the UFC Fight Night Dublin Q&A.
Diaz’s legal team is currently in negotiations with the NAC to reduce their client’s suspension. Rothwell hopes cooler heads prevail and Diaz is back sooner rather than later.
“There’s some people that have done a lot worse and gotten a lot less ….View original article