Chael Sonnen will file an appeal with the CSAC for his positive drug test according to his manager, Mike Roberts. Sonnen will also publicly address the situation later this week (he apparently has a lot to say). MMA Fighting has the details.
In an MMA Fighting exclusive, Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts, wrote that Sonnen will appeal the California State Athletic Commission’s claim that he tested positive for “abnormally high” levels of testosterone and that Sonnen will break his silence on the matter in the coming days.
“It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will file and appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”
I failed to mention this yesterday, but two tests were conducted to confirm the positive results. The initial test, conducted on Sept. 2, yielded a positive result for a performance enhancing drug. A “more-rigorous” follow-up test confirmed the results of the first test. The testing was conducted by the UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Laboratory, which happens to be the world’s largest World Anti-Doping Agency-certified facility. According to Dr. Johnny Benjamin, they are more than 99% accurate. In other words, the chances of it being a false-positive due to lab error is somewhere between slim and none.
You may remember Jim Rome conducted the interview where Chael Sonnen flat out denied making the comments about Lance Armstrong, then blamed it on a Hispanic impersonator. Needless to say, he was just as baffled by it as we were. Here’s his reaction to the news via Cagewriter (audio via The Jim Rome Show and FoxSportsRadio920).
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Update: Chael Sonnen is scheduled to appear on this week’s edition of ESPN MMA Live to presumably give his side of the story on Thursday at 1AM ET on ESPN 2.