Former Strikeforce light heavyweight Muhammed Lawal still has a ways to go before stepping foot in the ring again let alone a cage owned by Zuffa. However, the recently released Lawal has at least taken the first step towards redemption by showing accountability for the actions leading to his newfound free agency.
Lawal recently went on a Comcast SportsNet Bay Area program to apologize for labeling NSAC official Pat Lundvall a “racist bitch” on Twitter after she questioned his ability to speak/read English during a hearing to review the 31-year old’s licensing status.
“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,” admitted 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.”
Lundvall’s remarks were in response to Lawal omitting information relating to his health on a NSAC form he filled out prior to a January fight with Lorenz Larkin. After the bout it was revealed Lawal had an injured knee entering the contest.
The former champion is currently suspended for nine months after testing positive for steroid use relating to the same match-up. Lawal has explained the banned substance in his body related to an over-the-counter supplement he’d purchased that has since been pulled off shelves for obvious reasons.
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