Brian Stann Comments On Chael Sonnen's Two-Year Suspension
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.23.2014
Does he think it's fair?
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Brian Stann gave his thoughts on the NSAC hearings from earlier today that resulted in Chael Sonnen getting suspended for two years. Here are highlights:
On Sonnen's suspension: "He's been caught before, he's had issues before, so I think it's fair. There's got to be more of a deterrent for people to do this, because it's not necessarily just the individuals, it's an environment that's been created where once one guy has a distinct advantage, everybody else feels like they have to have that advantage. So there are certainly others out there that need to get caught as well. He just happened to be the one that they're going to make an example out of."
On if Sonnen should have been suspended for longer: "It doesn't necessarily affect him. I've spoken to Chael; there are no plans right now for him to come back. I think he owned everything, which is excellent, and it is what it is. It's pretty much what he expected and I like the fact they're handing out longer suspensions. …This isn't basketball. We're talking about combat sports. We're giving each other concussions; it's a major advantage to be on these substances. If you're a multiple time violator, then you should be gone."
On consistency in drug testing: "Whenever you're talking about a disciplinary action, one of the keys that any organization tries to establish it consistency across the board. One guy gets hammered and the other guy is allowed to continue on. If you're a multiple-time violator, it should be over for you. You should no longer be able to compete. It's unfortunate. I'm sure Vitor would argue that with me and I may not know all the details, but like I said, when it comes to disciplinary measures, consistency is extremely important."