TW: Gay slurs.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship this week suspended fighter Nate Diaz after he called another fighter “the biggest fag in the world” on Twitter.
To make matters worse, his manager later said the slur wasn’t meant to target LGBT people, but was intended to “refer to a punk or a bitch.” Oh. That’s better.
“We are very disappointed by Nate Diaz’s comments, which are in no way reflective of our organization,” the UFC wrote in a widely circulated statement. “Nate is currently suspended pending internal investigation and we will provide further comment once the matter has been decided.”
USA Today noted that this year the UFC formally established rules prohibiting discriminatory comments.
Last month, UFC suspended heavyweight Matt Mitrione for calling transgender fighter Fallon Fox a “disgusting freak.” Several publications have pointed out, however, that Mitrione was signed for a fight less than three weeks later.
Come on, we were playing so nicely with the sporting world! Guess we’ve still got a long way to go.