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CSAC Releases Official Statement, Chael Sonnen Suspended One Year For Steroids (Update)

The CSAC has finally issued an official statement on Chael Sonnen’s positive drug test. The statement doesn’t contain any new information, but confirms most of what we’ve been hearing the past few days. To be clear, they are calling it steroids.

The statement in full:

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen, after Sonnen tested positive for steroids, a banned substance.

A sample from Sonnen’s August 6 drug test came back with a high T/E (testosterone-to-estrogen) level, which is indicative of anabolic steroid use. CSAC learned of the results September 2 and ordered a second test, which also came back positive for steroid use. CSAC received test results from the second sample on September 14 and suspended Sonnen two days later. He is suspended for one year. Sonnen has 30 days to appeal the decision.

“The use of anabolic steroids and other banned substances are not tolerated by the commission,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd. “Anabolic agents put the health and safety of both the user and his opponents at risk.”

Sonnen’s test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility at the University of California, Los Angeles on August 6, 2010 for processing.

As previously mentioned, Chael Sonnen is expected to appeal the decision, most likely at the CSAC’s Dec. 2 meeting. Sonnen is also scheduled to break his silence on the matter tomorrow night on MMA Live on ESPN 2.

Image via Sherdog

Update: ESPN just announced that Chael Sonnen will no longer appear on tonight’s episode of ESPN MMA Live. A reason wasn’t given.

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