By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
King Mo Lawal's string of bad luck continued this week after he was suspended and fined by the NSAC for failing a drug test earlier this year, then he was fired by Zuffa for making comments on Twitter about one of the members of the NSAC panel.
Lawal was suspended for nine months, fined $39,000 (30% percent of his $80,000 show purse, and 100% of his $15,000 win bonus), the win has been changed to a no-contest, and he is subject to further testing in order to be re-licensed. During the hearing he felt commissioner Pat Lundvall's questions were out of line and voiced his anger via Twitter:
“I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist b—- asking me if I can read or speak english,” Lawal wrote. “Go on somewhere with that s—!!!”
Lawal continued.”Its funny how people are tryna say that I'm callin the commission racist. No!! They aren't. But there was one person on the panel that was out of line with the question she asked me. I found it insulting, prejudice, and a lil racist. I say racist from my past experiences, I have been asked that in the past as an insult.”
Those comments lead to his firing by Zuffa. Dana White has not commented on the matter.
After being released, Bloodyelbow.com caught up with Lawal and he offered the following:
“It is what it is. Of course, I want to fight for Strikeforce and fight for Zuffa, but if they want to cut me for what I said, then I can't take it back because it already happened. I have never been asked in such a condescending way if I could read or speak English like that. I did something wrong, so I can't really say I'm being treated unfairly. I don't know if it was excessive to cut me.
“Right now, I just want people to understand that I went in there respectfully and that I'm not playing the race card. I'm too old to play the race card. I'm established on the West Coast now and since I've been out here, I haven't experienced much racism. I've experienced some stereotypes and small prejudices here and there, but other than that, no, I haven't experienced too much, compared to when I was in the South. The woman's comments reminded me of times when I experienced racial insensitivity from other people.
“Zuffa made a decision just off what was said on Twitter. I don't know if they care about what happened. I'm pretty sure they didn't hear any of the audio. They just made a decision off what went down on Twitter. I'm pretty sure Keith Kizer and certain people at the commission are mad and I didn't mean any disrespect to Keith or the rest of the people in the commission. I just felt disrespected by that one person that asked if I could speak or read English.
“To me, that was a blatant insult. Just listen to the audio. You'll see.”
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