The NSAC has its sights on the headlines again.
Five Year Ban
With the latest instalment of the farcical comedy, the commission has banned Nick Diaz for 5 years and a $150,000 fine to boot for testing positive for Marijuana.
While his actions deserved to be punished, how does it reflect on the commission when the average ban for testing positive for steroids is 12 months?
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Granted the fighters were warned that punishments were about to get stiffer, especially for repeat offenders, but this seems to be stretching the boundaries.
Diaz has tested positive for Marijuana on a couple of occasions before, in both 2007 and 2012, and skipped out on a test in 2009. At 32-years old, Diaz is possibly looking at the reality of not fighting again, at least not by a recognised organisation.
The commission appears to be trying to make an example of Diaz with this hefty suspension and scare all other fighters into getting clean.
The argument, of course, is that Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug. It will be interesting to see what happens to any fighters who test positive for steroids in the future.
Diaz referred to the judgement as a "vendetta suspension" and he is gaining a lot of support on Twitter. #freenickdiaz is trending. Even former pro wrestler Bret The Hitman Hart had his say.
I assume Diaz will appeal. I doubt that the full suspension will hold up but only time will tell. One things for sure, the NSAC has set the benchmark for the fighters.
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