Fighters and celebrities alike have voiced their outrage over the Nevada Athletic Commission’s five-year suspension of Nick Diaz for testing positive to marijuana at UFC 183. In a recent interview, former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre added his name to the list of supporters.
“Personally, five years, I find that it is much,” St-Pierre told RDS.com. “Especially when one thinks Anderson Silva and other guys who doped received a small suspension compared to his.”
St-Pierre believes the commission wanted to make an example out of Diaz.
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“I think they wanted to use him to pass a message because he is a colorful character who speaks a lot, that makes a lot of noise. It wanted to set an example as was done in Olympic sports with Marion Jones, for example. Unfortunately, it fell on him, but I believe that everyone is entitled to a second chance,” said the former UFC welterweight kingpin.
St-Pierre, who has been outspoken about performance enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts, doesn’t think marijuana should be viewed in the same way as other substances.