Lawal’s release came as the result of a Twitter outburst from the fighter following a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing he attended Tuesday in connection to a failed drug test.
Lawal tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone after his fight against Lorenz Larkin at “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine” in January.
On Tuesday, the NSAC issued Lawal a nine-month suspension, a $39,000 fine and overturned his win against Larkin to a no-contest.
Lawal was clearly not happy about the result of the hearing and had this to say on his Twitter regarding how he felt he was treated during the hearing:
“I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak English. … Go on somewhere with that bulls**t.”
That tweet was later removed and “King Mo” added to his original statement with a new tweet saying:
“Its funny how people are tryna say that I’m callin the commission racist. No!! They aren’t. But there was one person on the panel that was out of line with the question she asked me. I found it insulting, prejudice, and a lil racist. I say racist from my past experiences, I have been asked that in the past as an insult.” And also, “I ain’t the type to be disrespected and walked on. The woman coulda said….Mo…you sound like u are educated….did u read over the paperwork?”
Following a first round knockout win over Roger Gracie in September of last year, Lawal has spent the last several months recovering from knee surgery and battling a very serious staph infection. Now this. When it rains, it pours.
Listen to the actual NSAC committee hearing in question below. You can hear the committee member ask Lawal the question that prompted his tweet in the first place.
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