So get this. Not only did Josh Barnett fail a random drug test, he failed the CSAC’s first random drug test…ever.
Ariel Helwani caught up with CSAC assistant executive officer Bill Douglas who gives us the news.
Because in terms of the Barnett test, even though the rules had passed in the earlier part of this year, allowing a test of this nature to occur, California was truly breaking new ground here even though Nevada has done similar testing for quite some time, this is the first time it had ever been done in California. So we really didn’t know what it was going to be like, or how it was going to work out. Particularly in the case of, where you’re randomly calling someone up and you say, ‘You have x amount of hours to appear for this test, or x amount of days,’ because literally that phone call can come at any time. So it was almost a trial, so to speak, to see what the process was going to be like moving forward so we can learn from this. And it just so happens that the first one we’ve ever done here in California produced a result…First one ever. I mean, right out of the gate.
To make this even more bizarre, Josh Barnett is disputing that it was in fact a random test.
Many of you are wondering what’s happening. What I can say is that when applying for my license, the CSAC asked for me to submit a urine sample for testing prior to granting my license as they do with everyone, I believe. It was not a random test. I had no reason to believe there would be any issues and went in to submit my sample at the earliest possible opportunity on June 25th. I never once thought there would be a problem.
My representatives and I are working to gather as much info as possible and handle this situation as best as we can. I am embarrassed and want for nothing more than to resolve this issue and receive a license from the State of California as I have done many times already and for other states as well.
Well, it looks like he was under the wrong impression then because Douglas seems pretty adamant that the test was random. What’s interesting about Barnett’s statement though is he never actually denies he took the steroid he got popped for. If Barnett still intends to fight it, he’s going to have to be a lot more convincing than this. How does arguing about whether it was random or not make any difference? It was still a drug test and he failed it. I’m willing to listen to Barnett’s side, but so far, I haven’t heard anything that makes me believe he is in fact clean.
Actually, Douglas revealed a few more details about the test that makes me believe otherwise. For one, Drostanolone isn’t a substance that’s produced naturally in the body like Nandrolone, the steroid Sean Sherk tested positive for. There’s no threshold. If it’s there, it was put there, so it wasn’t like he tested for 6ng/ml when the cutoff line is 5ng/ml. And two, Douglas makes a convincing argument about the testing process, including who performed it and which lab it was performed in.
The inspector that observed this particular test is one of our drug testing experts in terms of the correction procedure, and works on many events of this nature, and oversees a lot of the drug testing that’s performed by our staff. In this particular case, this was a hands-on test that he performed himself.
So in terms of the correction procedure, it was flawless as recognized by the laboratory upon delivery of the sample the same day. And in terms of the lab itself, we have been using the same lab that tests the NFL and the International Olympic Games, as recently as the last Games, they tested every sample ever took there. They test the NCAA for all the sports, all minor league baseball. It’s a very, very tough lab to dispute – the best of them all.
Basically, unless Barnett’s B sample comes back negative, I think he’s going to have a very tough time convincing anyone that he’s innocent.
Even if he’s not though, there’s still good news for Barnett. He didn’t actually have a license to suspend or lose. Since he was merely applying for one, he won’t be subjected to any fines or suspensions. And unlike Antonio Silva, he’s actually free to go fight in Japan tomorrow if he wants. He could still even get licensed in another state. Well, at least in theory or Florida.