NSAC suspends Nick Diaz five years, issues $165k fine
Published on 9/15/15
More and more athletes are facing harsh pentalties due to outdated rules revolving around drug testing. Marijuana has been the root of drug testing debates for years now as it's the only drug to stay in your system sometimes for weeks after the effects have worn off, while also being relatively harmless. Pro football players, basketball players, and now even MMA fighters are being penalized for marijuana positive drug tests. Fighter, Nick Diaz has been suspended for 5 years and fined $165,000 after failing a third drug test.
Commissioners Pat Lundvall and Francisco Aguilar pointed to Diaz’s two previous NSAC suspensions for marijuana, his no-show for a pre-fight test in California, and a 2010 brawl in the now-defunct Strikeforce as aggravating circumstances and supported a lifetime ban. After commissioners Anthony Marnell and Raymond “Skip” Avansino expressed reservation with a lifetime ban, the commissioners agreed to a five-year term.