There’s been a decent amount of follow-up to the latest incident where Nick Diaz acted like Nick Diaz. Esther Lin revealed that the dudes Diaz flipped off and threw his mouthpeice at were being major shit disturbers the whole night, even throwing stuff at her and officials. ” target=”_blank”>Scott Coker says he knows who was sitting in that area and ‘maybe we won’t see them here anymore.’ BANHAMMER?
At that point, it’d be way too Elementary School Principal to say “Yes, Nick. What those boys did was Bad. But what you did was Bad Too!” Instead I’ll just reflect on this article Ben Fowlkes wrote BEFORE the event, and let Nick be Nick:
To refrain from starting a post-fight brawl in a situation that he thinks requires it – whether it be in front of a live audience on CBS or in front of terrified nurses in a hospital hallway – would be some kind of personal failure to him. It would be insincere, and of all the things Diaz might be, insincere definitely doesn’t seem to be one of them.
At times that makes him a headache – if not a minor heart attack – for his employers. And whether he realizes it or not, his behavior has probably cost him a small fortune in missed opportunities over the years. But that only makes his absolute devotion to his lifestyle and his refusal to accommodate others all the more bizarrely impressive.
Honestly, as much as many of us claim that we do whatever we want, or say whatever we feel, we usually don’t. If we did, and we found that it was costing us a lot of money that we might otherwise easily have, we’d probably knock it off in a hurry.
In that way, Diaz is living a more authentic life than we are. He is truer to himself, even if that means doing or saying things that range from confusing to downright criminal. He lives honestly, even if it’s with a total disregard for decorum or civility much of the time, and he seems content to accept the consequences when necessary.
In short, who’s stupid: the dog that won’t stop licking it’s junk or the guy who keeps on yelling at the dog to stop licking it’s junk?