As we reported earlier today, former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion "King Mo" Muhammed Lawal met today with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission handed down a 9 month suspension, $39,000 fine, and changed his win over Lorenz Larkin to a No Contest, all as a result of Mo testing positive for the banned substance Drostanolone. Lawal appeared today to plead his case, stating that the positive result came as a result of taking an over the counter supplement called S-Mass Lean Gainer. But the commission didn't buy it.
After the hearing, a clearly frustrated Lawal took to Twitter, partially to defend himself, and partially to attack the commission. First, Mo let out his frustration, and much of it was aimed at commission member Pat Lundvall. Just a note - I've edited Mo's post to remove the profanity.
I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak english. Go on somewhere with that bull---- bitch!!!
A few hours later, Mo had (moderately) cooled and posted this:
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.
Mo's anger towards Lundvall stems from a comment she made during the hearing where she asked the fighter if he could speak or read English. That's the question he refers to above, and what he perceived as racist.
More after the jump.
Obviously, I can't say if Lundvall meant to be racist, but clearly she did mean to insult Mo, which is not the best stance for a commissioner to take during a hearing. Mo's frustration is understandable, but to publicly call her a "racist bitch" is by no means an appropriate response either, and one that only fuels the fire. This ends up being one of those situations where no one comes out looking good.
Unfortunately for Mo, these comments will undoubtedly be the big talking point from today, which means his actual argument will get lost along the way. But that argument is worth a look. Basically, as Mo explained, he believes the real issue here is intent:
intent...I had no intentions of takin a band substance. Methyl Drastonolone is a pill form of the injectable. I didn't kno S Mass Lean Gainer had it in it. All the websites that pull up on it were made the same month it was pulled off the market. July 2011
intent matters. Nobody is perfect. I had the supplement b4 there was any info on it. So u tellin me every month all fighters should go to the internet to see if their supplements are legal? Btw...they don't send out press releases when they find new banned substances!!
This is an interesting point, but it also gets into a tricky area. On the one hand, Mo is correct (assuming he is being forthright here) - he did not have the intent to take a banned substance. On the other hand, "ignorance of the law does not excuse" - a basic tenant of the legal system which states that simply not knowing the law does not let you off the hook should you break it. And for now, it looks like that's the view of the NSAC as well.
More coverage of the King Mo suspension:
- 'King Mo' Lawal Suspended Nine Months, Fined $39,000 For Failed Drug Test
- Strikeforce Interview: 'King' Mo Lawal Gives Update On Health And Career
- Strikeforce's Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal Says Over The Counter Supplement Caused Steroid Test Failure
- 'King' Mo Lawal Tests Positive For Steroids After Strikeforce Bout