NSAC responds to prior claim made by Nick DiazPosted on May 1, 2012, 08:47 PM by Mike Drahota
Last week news broke that the legal team of Nick Diaz had filed a lawsuit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Stemming from his pending suspension after a failed UFC 143 drug test, the suit relies on the basis that Diaz was denied his right to due process after not being granted a hearing within the allotted 45 days of his suspension. However, the NSAC responded to the suit with a letter from attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto. The letter states that Diaz was never in fact under the “summary suspension” his legal team listed, via mmafighting.com:
"No Notice of Summary Suspension was ever served on your client.In this matter, Mr. Diaz was properly served with a 'Notice of Hearing on Temporary Suspension' and he failed to appear at the hearing. The Commission temporarily suspended Mr. Diaz’s license at the hearing. Neither Mr. Diaz nor you objected in any manner to the temporary suspension."
The letter also went on to state that Mr. Diaz's medical marijuana card had not yet been received, only a signed authorization from a physician. The card was requested by the NSAC in early April. Diaz is well-known, by now, for having the authorization to use marijuana legally in his home state of California. It appears that there was confusion to the exact nature of the disciplinary action taken by the NSAC. Diaz' suspension is that of a temporary nature, one that will be addressed further at his scheduled hearing on the morning of May 14. The NSAC will then decide the fate of Nick Diaz, even though he has not confirmed his return to the Octagon anytime soon. As the soap opera of Diaz' failed drug test and suspension drags on, will we ever get to see Nick Diaz fight for the UFC again?