Chael Sonnen’s legal troubles may be over, but he’s still in hot water with the Nevada State athletic commission for lying about a conversation with NSAC head Keith Kizer that never actually took place. Kizer called Sonnen’s bluff last week in a private meeting held to determine if Sonnen would be able to obtain a second’s license to coach TUF 14, but Kizer wasn’t satisfied with Sonnen’s response and required that he appear in front of the commission to explain himself before they would license him.
Well, that hearing hasn’t taken place yet, but Chael Sonnen gave Ariel Helwani a little preview today of how he’s going to handle the situation when he does meet with the commission. In short, he’s accepting full responsibility.
“All the frustration and all of the blame is on me. I’m the one that chose my words. I’m the one that said when I was in California, I represented to them that I had a conversation with Kizer and he approved my medicine use. That is not correct. Those are the wrong words. My manager had the conversation. I relied on information my manager gave me. So director Kizer is absolutely correct. He’s correct to be frustrated. I chose the words. It comes to me. Now, I wasn’t attempting to mislead anybody, but they’re my words all the same, so I should have to answer to Kizer.”
“I need to clear the air with him and more importantly, I need to clear it on the record. My takeaway from the meeting with Kizer was not ‘We don’t want to work with you again.’ It was simply, ‘There’s been some mistakes. Our reservation is you’re going to repeat them.’ That’s not going to happen, but what he wants to do is give me an opportunity to speak on the record so that we can get everything recorded and written down and make sure we don’t do those things again. If i was in Kizer’s shoes, I wouldn’t demand anything less.”
Eh, even when Chael is (supposedly) coming clean, there’s a still a hint of insincerity in his words or maybe he’s just trained me to be skeptical whenever he opens his mouth. Either way, hopefully they can work it out so Chael can get back in the cage this summer.
When Helwani asked him who he wants to fight, Sonnen went right back into character (if he ever came out of it), and said he asked for the worst fighter on the roster.
“I called them up and said, ‘Give me the worst guy you’ve got under contract,'” he said. “They said, ‘Chael, Wanderlei [Silva] won’t fight you.’ I said, ‘Alright. Give me the second worst guy you’ve got under contract?’ They said, ‘Chael, how many times do we have to tell you: [Mirko] Cro Cop’s a heavyweight.’ I said, ‘Alright, is there anybody available? How about Bisping? Is his dance card open? And then they said that might be a possibility. So that’s where we left off. But that’s just not my focus. My focus is making things right with director Kizer.”
In addition to taking shots at PRIDE legends Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop, Sonnen also called the entire light heavyweight division a bunch of “cowards” because no one has stepped up and said they want a shot at newly crowned champ Jon Jones.
Even after PED and money laundering scandals, Chael Sonnen hasn’t changed a bit.
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