It was a big risk for Antonio Silva to ignore his CSAC steroid suspension and fight in Japan, but he did it anyways, despite threats of license revocation from the CSAC’s head Bill Douglas. Silva’s fate won’t be decided until Feb. 10, however the same can’t be said for his manager, Alex Davis.
Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for the remainder of his license, which expires on July 23, and fined $2,500 for negotiating the fight. He has the right to appeal.
Davis isn’t going to accept his punishment without a fight though. In an interview with Cage Potato, Davis says he’s going to fight the commission in civil court.
“We’ve got to. I don’t see any other options at this point,” said Davis, who maintains that he can prove Silva’s innocence on the steroid charges. “We’re going to go through civil court.”
“Even in their own minutes the CSAC admits that they can’t be certain the positive test was actually caused by Boldenone,” said Davis. “Once they had a positive test, they had to suspend him. We understand that. But once they had doubts they should have gone back and looked at the facts. They didn’t, and from there on nothing’s been fair. They didn’t investigate, they didn’t meet the burden of proof.
“I think they’re completely wrong in this. We’ve done two more tests with proper chain of command and witnesses.”
I completely understand doing things out of principle, but sometimes you have to pick your battles. I’m not trying to justify the CSAC’s lousy appeal practices, because they certainly need a complete overhaul, but fighting this in court will likely cost Davis a lot more time and money than six months and $2,500. Accepting the punishment certainly seems like the wiser choice, but honestly, I’m probably not one to talk. If I was Davis and wholeheartedly believed we didn’t do anything wrong or at least out of necessity, I’d probably fight it too. Best of luck Alex.
One other thing, in case you were wondering (I certainly was) why the $200,000 Silva was paid last July wasn’t enough to float him for a year, Davis claims Silva spends $6,000 to $8,000 a month in medicine for his acromegaly, which is just absurd. I’d suggest Silva should look into finding some sort of medical insurance, but honestly, as I just found out, that’s pretty much worthless unless you fall off a bridge and end up in the emergency room. Yep, I apparently pay $140 a month so my asthma inhaler costs $35 instead of $36.