Pot Smoking Athlete's Comments Cause Controversy
Earlier this month, MMA Fighter Nick Diaz told the Los Angeles Times that marijuana was 'part of his plan' as an athlete.
"I'm more consistent about everything being a cannabis user," Diaz explained to the paper. "I'm happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].
"I can pass a drug test in eight days with herbal cleansers. I drink 10 pounds of water and sweat out 10 pounds of water every day. I'll be fine."
Diaz said he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child, and uses the plant instead of doctor-prescribed medication.
The fighters flippant remarks about the banned substance instantly sparked controversy in the days before his Strikeforce fight at San Jose's HP Pavilion. Diaz's opponent in the April 11 match, Frank Shamrock, was asked about the LA Times comments by CagePotato.com.
"Well, I certainly don’t agree with it," he said laughing. "I guess if he passes the test, those are the rules. But I certainly don’t agree with his lifestyle and his marketing of that lifestyle as a part of mixed martial arts, because I don’t think that’s a part of the sport. I think he’s somewhat of a freak in that way."
Diaz has a history with cannabis, testing positive in more than one state athletic commission test. In Las Vegas in 2007, Diaz's pot use cost him his win over Japan's Takanori Gomi and he was suspended for six months from the UFC. He again tested positive in his first post-UFC fight.
But it looks like Diaz's drug-cleansing claims to the LA Times were correct. After winning his April 11 fight with Shamrock in a second-round TKO, Diaz passed his drug test. William Douglas, the assistant executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, told the LA Times that he had "read every word" of Diaz's comments about marijuana, but was forced to give him a pass when the test came back clean. This solidifies Diaz's win and paves the way for his next Strikeforce fight.
Recently, Olympic super-althelete Michael Phelps was caught up in a smokey controvery when someone photographed him puffing from a bong at a party.
WWE wrestling star Rob Van Dam has written extensively about his use of cannabis as an athletic enhancer.
"I believe cannabis improves performance in athletic and contact sports (such as wrestling, power-lifting, football), co-ordination sports (snowboarding, surfing, basketball), and finesse sports (golf, bowling) by providing a relaxed state of mind and agile body," he wrote in a 2008 Cannabis Culture Magazine article.