Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed Lawal has a long road to travel before stepping back inside a ring but it appears the path should be a little less steep after the 31-year old showed remorse for labeling a Nevada State Athletic Commission official as a “racist bitch”.
Lawal, who met with the NSAC earlier this week pertaining to a positive drug test, made his initial outburst in response to remarks from Pat Lundvall questioning his ability to comprehend English based on the way he’d filled out a required form. The inappropriate reaction to her criticism cost Lawal his job with Strikeforce, as he was released within hours of sending the message out on Twitter.
After reflecting on things “King Mo” apparently realized the error of his way, stopping by Comcast Sports Bay Area and apologizing for his behavior.
“The thing is, when it comes down to it, I’m gonna be real, I was out of line for calling the woman the b-word,” explained Lawal. “I was wrong for that. I was kinda mad by the comments, I was offended by the comments made towards me and I was outta line. I was too emotional. But, you know, I apologize for that.”
“With that being said, I still feel that I was offended, but I’m in the wrong for what I said,” added Lawal, still sore at the implication he wasn’t familiar with his first language.
Up next for Lawal is a nine-month suspension for using a banned substance before a January fight while recovering/rehabbing from knee surgery and a severe staph infection that nearly cost him his life.
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MMATraining Take: The apology was halfhearted without question so I can only give Lawal partial credit. It’s good he came out to say he was sorry for calling her a bitch, though he never said he was wrong for using the term “racist”. As such, I’m hoping Zuffa doesn’t bite in terms of giving him his job back because of the way he followed things up.