McGregor Fined by NSAC, Responds
Remember that “wild” press conference with Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz that ended with a war of water bottles? While it’s been acknowledged as unprofessional conduct and UFC President Dana White expected fines for both men (Nate Diaz has not yet had his day in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission), even he believes the $150,000 fine McGregor received is “insane.”
The fine (originally $75,000 also came with a mandatory 50 hours of community service that will include the megastar being a part of (and paying for the production of) an anti-bullying PSA. The original fine was just White then revealed in an interview that “Notorious” has no desire to fight in the state for the rest of his career.
McGregor is now essentially refusing to pay up.
“I thought they might respect (me calling in) a little bit more,” McGregor said. “I owned up. I man’d up. I’m here. I apologized. I’m not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first. I didn’t think they would even go that route because I didn’t think this was like a real thing. Are they going to come and arrest me or what the (expletive) is that?
“I wanted to give them the respect, and I felt they would have respected that, but they didn’t. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
While Nate Diaz has not been judged for his actions by the NSAC for his actions at the pre-fight event, he has received a public warning from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for his use of a vape pen containing CBD oil (Cannabidiol.) As you might have guessed, it is derived from cannabis/ marijuana. The Diaz brothers both are well-known users of the substance. Despite the warning, Diaz will not face disciplinary action.
USA Today’s MMAJunkie.com reported that “CBD has been used in the treatment of schizophrenia, epilepsy, and other conditions, and clinical studies show a lack of psychoactivity like a user would get with traditional marijuana.”
USADA then announced in a statement, “…the in-competition urine and blood samples provided by Diaz before his admitted use were analyzed and reported as negative for all prohibited substances, including Cannabinoids,” “Based on these circumstances, USADA determined that a public warning was an appropriate response to Diaz’s use of a specified substance during the in-competition period.”