Following up on Johnny Green’s post on the UFC not punishing fighters for testosterone while vacating wins and seizing prize money over marijuana metabolites, we have some updates on the story.
It seems that to add insult to injury, UFC President Dana White is taking the $65,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus forfeited by Pat Healy and awarding it to the only other fighter that night to win by submission, Bryan Caraway. We can’t be too harsh on someone taking a free sixty-five grand after being pummeled, even if he’s essentially being rewarded for exhibiting the second-best performance, but we can be harsh if he trash-talks marijuana when he couldn’t out-perform someone using it, as Caraway did to MMA Junkie:
All I’ve got to say is that’s some expensive weed. I like Healy a lot. I came up through the fighting ranks with him. We used to train together at Team Quest. I love the guy. But I have absolutely zero remorse or guilt.
I hate weed. I cannot stand it. I’ve never tried it. I’ve never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don’t care if it’s legal in some places or not. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. Whether it’s legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules.
Go have another beer, Bryan. The guards at Nuremburg were great rule followers, too. Sure, it’s the rule, nobody’s arguing that Healy didn’t break a rule; even Healy has fessed up to it and accepted his situation. But your “absolute zero tolerance for people that do it” includes a lot of our friends who alleviate great pain and suffering with cannabis.
Meanwhile, fighter Nate Diaz, whose brother fighter Nick Diaz has been punished previously by the UFC for marijuana, despite his status as a legal medical marijuana patient in California, waded into the controversy by insulting Caraway via Twitter for taking the prize money:
I feel bad for pat Healy that they took a innocent mans money and I think the guy who took the money is the biggest Fag in the world ..
UFC’s Code of Conduct has strong language forbidding social media postings that insults “a person’s ethnic background, heritage, color, race, national origin, age, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.” So Dana White has indefintely suspended Diaz for breaking those rules.
Lucky for Caraway that the UFC Code of Conduct seems to have no rules against threatening violence against women…
Yay, a second-best fighter who tweets violence against women who don’t know their place was just rewarded $65,000 because a better fighter smoked pot a month before he fought. We hope Dana White is proud.