First, Lawal has been battling a deadly staph infection that nearly cost him his life. After that, Lawal was forced to go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and plea his case for a positive drug test.
Well, as you all know by now, that didn’t go in Lawal’s favor. Along with being fined and suspended, his actions after the ruling led to his release from Strikeforce.
Lawal took to social media and ripped the NSAC, specifically Pat Sundvall, who “King Mo” felt made some disparaging remarks against him during the hearing. Recently, Lawal gave a formal apology in an interview with CSN Bay Area.
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. 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.
The comments that upset Lawal came courtesy of Sundvall, who asked if he could read and understand the English language. It remains to be seen if the UFC, Strikeforce and Zuffa will allow Lawal back, as maybe they just want to let things settle. Lawal is out for nine months regardless due to the suspension, so there is plenty of time before anything official needs to happen.
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