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Nick Diaz’s lawyer: 100K signatures on petition further highlights ‘injustice’ of NAC hearing

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No one knows how the White House will respond or if it even will. But Nick Diaz’s lawyer doesn’t think any one of the 100,000 signatures on an online petition was for naught.

“Amazing,” Lucas Middlebrook said. “The White House response is anybody’s guess. The 100,000 does, however, prove that our defense prevailed in the court of public opinion, further highlighting the injustice of the entire proceeding.”

The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Diaz for five years and fined him $165,000 at a disciplinary hearing last month. Diaz tested positive for marijuana in relation to his UFC 183 main event fight with Anderson Silva on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. It was the popular fighter’s third weed offense in the state, but the suspension is far more than given even to multiple time performance-enhancing drug offenders.

On Sept. 14, a fan filed an online petition on the White House website to get the NAC’s ruling overturned. The petition needed 100,000 signatures by Oct. 16 for the White House to review it and respond. On Wednesday, that number was reached and exceeded.

Middlebook presented a very compelling defense last month. Diaz actually passed two of the three drug tests taken Jan. ….View original article