As we all know by now, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal was released from Strikeforce for making derogatory comments towards a NSAC commissioner after a hearing he attended last week. He believed that the commissioner in question, Pat Lundvall, was being racist by asking if he could read and understand the English language in regards to his pre-fight questionnaire. Last night, Lundvall was a guest on Inside MMA on HDNet to tell her side of the story (transcription via MMA Mania):
"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."
She also said that she did not hear of King Mo apologizing for the incident:
"Well, number one: Mr. Lawal has not contacted me. But, if he did, I would take his call, and I very much would be happy to hear from him. To the extent that you have now informed me of something, I was not aware that he had expressed an apology. I'm thankful that he has, and I wish him the very best and was so happy also to learn in that you just reported that the staph infection in his knee has cleared up."
Do you think King Mo will be brought back into Strikeforce once his suspension is up? Some have stated that it's an elaborate ruse to get him into the UFC, but I don't believe that for a second. With an apology on the table and a seemingly satisfied commissioner, I believe we'll see Lawal back in the red gloves in early 2013 (if the promotion lasts that long).