NSAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall responded today to Muhammed Lawal’s controversial Twitter postings in his appeal with the following:
“I was not upset, and I never considered it to be derogatory. What I was doing was laying the classic or standard foundation for the gentleman to make sure that he understood the form that he was signing, that it was designed to be a truthful statement and that the information he was supposed to put on the form was supposed to be true and correct.
From my perspective, I’ve used that standard line of questioning for each and every athlete that has come before us, when their candor on their pre-fight questionnaire has been an issue. On occasion, we do have fighters that come before us, that have indicated their trainers or maybe someone who was with them at the time or a manager has filled out the form — that they don’t read English, that they don’t understand English, which maybe a second or a third language for them. What we try to do is to ensure that, if we’re going to be taking that into account, that they do understand what it is that they’re signing and that they have read it.” – For more from Pat Lundvall, visit mmamania.com.
Pat Lundvall explained in detail the reasons that “King Mo” and his team were questioned concerning their understanding of his suspension and appeal. She insisted that her words held no malicious intent and were simply a matter a clarity.
Lawal responded with comments that insinuated racism on behalf of the NSAC, and ultimately found himself released by Zuffa. So, Lowkick’ers, do you think that forgiveness should bring him back to Strikeforce, or has he dug himself too deep a hole to climb out of?
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