The light heavyweight fighter registered the presence of the anabolic steroid Drostanalone in his system following a TKO win over Lorenz Larkin at the event. He had been prepared to defend himself on the grounds of unwittingly ingesting the substance through an over-the-counter supplement, but the NSAC essentially shot him down and saddled him with a fine and suspension.
Lawal took issue with his treatment during the hearing by NSAC officials, in particular with Pat Lundvall, who condescendingly asked him whether or not he could read and understand the English language. Lawal lashed out via Twitter.
I honestly feel like Lundvall was a racist bitch asking me if I can read or speak english. Go on somewhere with that bull—- bitch!!!
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.
King Mo’s response cost him his spot on the Zuffa roster, as he was unceremoniously released from his Strikeforce contract shortly after making the comments. Having had time to let things sink in, Lawal is regretful for the things he said, even if he still feels that Lundvall was out of line. Via 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.
From here, Lawal – who’s just beginning his recovery from a life-threatening staph infection – only plans to take his punishment on the chin and soldier forward, whatever that may entail and wherever it may see him when his nine-month suspension and arduous recovery are over.