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Reaction to Sean Sherk’s CSAC appeal ruling

By Zach Arnold | December 4, 2007

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Let’s start with The Los Angeles Times:

Sherk’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, questioned the handling of Sherk’s urine sample in July, and also noted that the testing of Sherk’s “A” and “B” samples by the same team at a private lab failed to meet standards approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency that require separate individuals to analyze the two samples.

A lab representative countered that his facility is under no obligation to follow the strict WADA standards.

Executive Commissioner June Griffith-Collison moved to uphold Sherk’s one-year suspension and $2,500 fine and Commissioner Mario Rodriguez seconded the penalty, but no other commissioner backed them. Commissioners Timothy Noonan, Howard Rose, Peter Lopez and Julio Ramirez then voted as a majority for the six-month reduction.

Now, onto other reaction:

  1. Ben Fowlkes: Sherk steroid ruling captures worst of both worlds
  2. Steve Sievert: Split decision for Sherk
  3. MMA Payout: Ruling is terrible for all parties involved
  4. MMA Analyst: Not buying what Sherk or CSAC is selling
  5. MMA Opinion: Give it a rest, Sherk
  6. Sherdog: Sherk says he will never fight in California again

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