UFC Comes Down Hard on Homophobic Wrestler

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com May 17 2013 5:49 PM ET

The UFC is holding its fighters to its new code of conduct barring them from using hate language; lightweight Nate Diaz found himself suspended after calling another player a gay slur on Twitter.

Diaz was outraged that fellow fighter Pat Healey was fined for marijuana use and part of the fine was given to another player, Bryan Caraway: "I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest F-g in the world," Diaz tweeted.

The UFC organization, which previously suspended fighter Matt Mitrone for transphobic remarks, suspended Diaz and issued the following statement: "We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization. Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation, and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided."

Diaz's manager defended the tweet, saying it was not reflective of his client's feelings on gay men. "Guess what? The word faggot, at least in Northern California, and where Nate is from, means bitch. It means you're a little punk. It has nothing to do with homosexuals at all. So when Nate made the comment that he made, he didn't make it in reference to homosexuals or calling Caraway a homosexual. He just said it was a bitch move."

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