MANILA, Philippines – The manager of UFC fighter Nate Diaz, who was suspended for using a gay slur in a tweet, said his client feels no remorse for his statement, insisting that the tweet was not intended to be homophobic.
Diaz, a former top light lightweight contender, criticized fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway on Twitter and used a gay slur. He was suspended for 90 days and fined $20,000 by the organization.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Diaz’s manager Mike Kogan defended Diaz, saying the statement made by Diaz was not homophobic.
“Nate doesn’t feel remorse for what he said. I don’t feel remorse for what he said. I don’t feel remorse for defending what he said or elaborating on what he said, because it was not a homophobic statement,” Kogan said.
“It was not intended to offend homosexuals. We weren’t even talking about homosexuals. One can debate multiple uses of this term. We can sit here and debate in the English language, there’s a lot of words that mean a lot of different things, but whatever,” he added.
Diaz criticized Caraway on Twitter after the bantamweight fighter was retroactively awarded a $65,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus. This came after the original winner of the bonus, Pat Healy, tested positive for marijuana following UFC 159.
Diaz said he “feels bad for Pat Healy,” and added that “the guy who took the money is the biggest f** in the world.”
“It wasn’t intended to be used the way people tried to twist the way it was being used,” Kogan insisted. “So therefore, what does he have to feel bad about?”
Kogan said Diaz would apologize if the fighter directly made a homophobic statement.
“If we would have made a homophobic statement, or a statement that was clearly intended to insult homosexuals, that’s one thing. You come out and say, ‘Hey, you know what, I’m really sorry it hurt people. We didn’t mean to do that’,” Kogan said.
Diaz has since deleted the controversial tweets.