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Frank Shamrock to sue CSAC?

By Zach Arnold | September 28, 2006

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By Zach Arnold

For those of you who don’t recall the story regarding Armando Garcia and the California State Athletic Commission suspending fighter Brian Ebersole for “fixing” his match against MMA jobber Shannon Ritch, you can read about it (here and here) or you can hear our radio show from last week that featured an interview with Mr. Ebersole.

One of the major questions that I think everyone raised after hearing or reading about the story is: why hasn’t Garcia been sued for his suspension edict against Ebersole? After all, what hard evidence (other than watching the fight live) was there? The evidence wouldn’t likely hold up in a court case.

Well, the hammer is supposedly coming down now. On the latest Sherdog radio show, Frank Shamrock (who manages Brian Ebersole) announced his plans to sue Armando Garcia and the CSAC over Ebersole’s suspension. (Frank’s comments on Garcia start at the 29:30 mark and end at 33:30).

This is potentially the worst-possible-case-scenario for Garcia, who has made quite an impression with many promoters and fighters in the state of California. From past experience, I’ve talked with at least one promoter who had some issues with the CSAC but didn’t want to fight the commission because they were afraid that the commission could block them out of fighting for good. Whether those fears were true or not, that’s up for debate. Nonetheless, having both the legal and media spotlight on Garcia and CSAC’s track record is, in my opinion, not a good thing for that state Government body.

With Shamrock taking a public and (apparent) legal stand against Garcia, I wonder if we will see some fighters find new-found courage to express their complaints about their past experiences in California.

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One Response to “Frank Shamrock to sue CSAC?”

  1. MMA T-Shirts says:

    Good for Frank if he does go for it but the guy sure does love to run his mouth so I’m not sure he will. I imagine it will get settled pretty quick with very little actually happening other than Ebersole’s suspension being lifted. WTF do I know though – I bet the exact opposite will actually happen! 😀

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