The campaign against Nick Diaz’s overly harsh five year suspension from MMA for a third marijuana offense by the Nevada State Athletic Commission has gained some high profile support from unlikely sources in the past couple of days.
First up, Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom threw his weight behind the cause when he labeled NSAC’s ruling, “totally inappropriate” in an interview with TMZ Sports.
“[marijuana] is a recognized medicine in the Nevada constitution so how can you punish someone for taking medicine, particularly since it doesn’t enhance your ability to fight?,” Segerblom said.
“They need to rethink this punishment and then ultimately change their rules.”
Even boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr sees the stupidity in NSAC’s widely panned decision to essentially all but end Diaz’s career over a relatively minor offense.
“Huh?” Mayweather exclaims in disbelief when told of the ruling at his gym. “Man, let that man smoke his weed and enjoy his life!”
Ronda Rousey has also spoken out in support of Diaz since the news first broke, while UFC fighters Henry Cejudo and Leslie Smith went one step further by announcing that they would no longer fight in Las Vegas in protest of Diaz’s punishment.
Meanwhile, an official petition to have the decision looked at by the Obama administration has received over 50,000 signatures at the time of writing.