Add referee “Big” John McCarthy’s name to the endless list of people in the fight industry who has an opinion on Nick Diaz and the controversial five-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
As you may or may not know, Diaz was suspended earlier this week for failing one of several drug tests administered after his bout against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183 in January. Many in the industry feel that Diaz — whose legal team postponed a hearing with the commission for several months on — the length of the punishment was unwarranted, claiming it was a subjective punishment that went against everything the commission had otherwise stood for.
McCarthy offered his own thoughts on his podcast recently:
“Nick Diaz is wrong, OK? Let’s just flat out say it. He’s breaking a rule. Now he’s trying to cover himself in breaking the rule because he knows he’s going to break the rule. Nick uses marijuana. He has always used marijuana.
I honestly believe that he knows he’s a better person when he’s on marijuana than if he doesn’t take it and he’s going to be an angrier person. I think he believes that it helps him emotionally, it calms him down, it keeps him in a mood that he’s comfortable with. And so he’s got a medical marijuana card from California. He uses it, he uses it to keep himself in check. And he’s going to continue to use marijuana. The problem is this: When Nick goes and applies for a license with a state athletic commission — we’ll say the Nevada State Athletic Commission — they’ve already spanked him twice. He’s been caught twice previously by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and when a fighter goes and applies for that license there are forms that he has to fill out. No different than when I have to fill out the forms when I get a license. And those forms are going to ask questions and those questions — you know when you sign your name at the bottom you’re saying that this is truthful. You’re being honest, you’re being truthful with this. And Nick is not being honest and truthful. He’s giving bad information because all he needs to do is be honest and truthful and tell them, ‘yes, I take marijuana.'”
Now, it’s worth noting that in all of McCarthy’s rant, he never mentions whether he thinks the five-year suspension was warranted.