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Nick Diaz: What UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertita's Tweets Mean

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13:  Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO, looks on during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Brian OswaldMMA Editor February 11, 2012

It would seem everyone has something to say about Nick Diaz and his botched drug test, though perhaps no one more weighty than Lorenzo Fertitta, CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The billionaire businessman fielded questions Thursday night from some of his Twitter followers.

In responses to various questions, Fertitta wrote, “He will be back... really like the kid just needs to get it together. I'm a sap for real fighters."

Billionaires are the new high priests in our hyper-capitalistic society. The casual tweets of Fertitta understate that if you are really good at something—heaven forbid, great—then moral turpitude is more easily forgiven. If Diaz was but a serviceable fighter, would we be having this conversation?

Beyond the notion that people with natural gifts get away with more, it affirms getting through life is in large part about deposits and withdrawals—Diaz has given much more than his shenanigans have taken away—and people are willing to forgive or look past if they have a vested reason, purely financial or otherwise.

Often, it is when people are remorseful that they are most easily forgiven. In this situation though, Diaz apologizing would ultimately be sickening to the senses. Americans, despite our ever-expanding litany of legalese designed to provide law and order, are rabble-rousers by our very nature. Diaz offers a tangible example of that in a relatively benign form.

You just can’t help but like something about the ornery kid who refuses to color within the lines, and while you are correcting him on the surface, you’re smiling at least a little on the inside.

Just like Fertitta, we all have a little bit of sap within us for something real, be it damaged or not.

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