Chael Sonnen To Appeal Failed Drug Test
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.10.2014
Plus Dana White comments...
Chael Sonnen, along with UFC President Dana White, appeared on Fox Sports 1's America's Pregame to comment on his failed drug test prior to UFC 175. Sonnen revealed that he plans on appealing the result. Here are highlights (via MMA Junkie):
White on the NSAC not preparing fighters to get off TRT: "This thing has been bad since Day One, I wish the commission never let anybody use TRT, and when it went away, they didn't do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off it. When you get off it, you don't just go cold turkey."
White on the NSAC not being clear about their rules: "Chael Sonnen's at this point in his life and his career where he got married, he was trying to have children, and he's on medicine to get fertile, and his wife is now pregnant. So it worked. This is between Chael and the commission, but the rules should have been laid out better when they said, ‘That's it. [TRT] is over.'"
Sonnen on the rules being changed: "Look, they changed the rules, and I've got to comply with the rules. I don't resist that at all. However, there is a transition period, and I couldn't have been more open or more transparent, whether it was ‘UFC Tonight,' whether it was different interviews or different places. Anybody that I could tell that I could talk to about this, I did. And these are the medications that you have to go on to lead a healthy life, and if they're asking me to choose between health and my sport, that's not a choice I can make. I've got to choose health."
Sonnen on not violating the rules by using drugs out of competition: "I had no opportunity to go before the commission – I had not spoken to them, but I'm saying I had done other interviews. Anywhere where it had come up. The only opportunity you're ever given to disclose a medication that you're in is in competition. When the state of Nevada comes to you, you do have a form that you can fill it out. This was an out-of-competition (test). This was done by a separate lab known as [the United States Anti-Doping Agency]. It's the finest lab in the world. But these were also strangers. This was not the Nevada State Athletic Commission that came to me, and there was no attempt to have a disclosure form. But even if I had disclosed or hadn't, you have to understand, this is out of competition. An athlete does not have to remain off medication 365 days of the year – not the NCAA, not [with] the [International Olympic Committee], and not even with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This is [unprecedented]. As an athlete, if I break my arm and a doctor gives me Vicodin, Vicodin is extremely illegal on fight night. But it's also extremely appropriate medicine to cure somebody's pain, and the message that they're sending here is completely wrong."