Iole: No one going after Biogenesis boxers and MMA fighters

 

Kevin Iole did an important piece detailing how the sport of baseball has a radically different structure in place to deal with things like the Biogenesis scandal than does boxing and MMA.

Earlier this week MLB commissioner Bud Selig suspended over a dozen baseball players, and Alex Rodriguez is appealing a suspension that could cost him $34,000,000.

By contrast, the one boxer named as a client of the anti-aging clinic, Yuriorkis Gamboa, faces nothing, and no one in a position of power is seeking information on the unnamed MMA fighters who were alleged to be clients of the clinic by ex-Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer.

If the names of the fighters who Fischer says were Biogenesis clients ever becomes public, the states where they currently hold licenses could demand that those athletes come to appear before the commission to explain their PED usage. In that scenario, the state commissions would have the ability to mete out punishment.

However, licenses are given for a calendar year and expire on Dec. 31.

So, a fighter whose name appears in the Biogenesis records would only have to answer to the states that he or she fought in this year. However, if a fighter applies for a license in a state, that would give the commission the authority to bring the applicant in for a hearing.

The only hammer the state would wield would be to deny a license. The rules prohibit a suspended fighter from attempting to be licensed in another state, but that does not apply to a fighter who was simply denied a license. A fighter who is denied a license by one commission has the right to go to any other state, or country, to seek licensure.

Boxer Antonio Margarito did that twice before he retired, and commissions in Texas and New York subsequently licensed him each time after he had been denied a license elsewhere.

Nick Lembo, the counsel for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, said options are limited for punishment.

"If someone's name comes up in a report and then they come to your jurisdiction, it's definitely going to be a consideration for licensing," Lembo said. "You wouldn't be able to punish them for past conduct, I would doubt, because the licensing period had experienced. Now, if they were under current licensure then you could review that and perhaps [take action], but if they were applying, I don't think there would be an ability to punish."

There has been much debate over the last few years about the need for a federal commission that would oversee combat sports.

Lembo suggested that in lieu of an actual federal commission, the government could come up with minimum standards that states are required to enforce. State-rights advocates, though, insists the federal government doesn't have the ability to tell states what to do.

But because of the rules are now, those fighters who cheated and took performance enhancing drugs at the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic are likely going to be able to walk free with no punishment.

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Quickash1t site profile image  

8/8/13 12:03 PM by Quickash1t

Considering how incorrect your statement is, your point is moot.

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8/7/13 10:21 PM by SJBenoist

Baseball is alive and well internationally. It's strong in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Puerto Rico, Japan, & S. Korea, does reasonably well in Italy and the Netherlands, and has been rising in China, Russia, France, Germany, and other parts of the world.WBChttp://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8402643/baseball-popularity-europe-spreadinghttp://www.forbes.com/sites/darrenheitner/2013/02/15/world-baseball-classic-continues-to-show-ability-to-benefit-global-growth-of-baseball/

Jay-dog site profile image  

8/7/13 10:15 PM by Jay-dog

If you start going after everyone using no one will be left to fight. It's rampant and the users will always be a step ahead. Its a complete waste of resources. Level the playing field by legalizing so the few who aren't can also.

Kneeblock site profile image  

8/7/13 10:04 PM by Kneeblock

Ttt

ssj site profile image  

8/7/13 10:03 PM by ssj

baseball is dead internationally so your first comment is moot

Authority Figure site profile image  

8/7/13 6:44 PM by Authority Figure

Everybody will watch a baseball game once in their life. Most will never see a professional bout. This is why it's important to everyone to penalize baseball players. They are more visible and universally seen as role models.

JOESONDO site profile image  

8/7/13 5:49 PM by JOESONDO

They were going to release the story but then breaking news came out about Rousey hating Brian Carraway. An editor's job is hard...

WoodenPupa site profile image  

8/7/13 5:36 PM by WoodenPupa

"One year suspension", ie, the normal period of time between fights for a lot of guys.

fightharder site profile image  

8/7/13 4:07 PM by fightharder

And MMA is better of for it. All the righteous indignation by us,relative couch potatoes , should really fucking stop already.Athletes are going to use PED in some shape or form,period. Its just the logical thing to do. If you are an professional athlete and everything depends on you be that little bit faster,stronger or having the ability to keep going a while longer you be almost stupid not to take PEDS. Especially the PEDS that mainly make it possible to recuperate faster should be available to all athletes WITH strict doctor supervision and limited liability for the involved athletic organizations and clubs.And please,for the love of god,make people aware of the difference between different PEDS. There not all the same and not all equally bad or dangerous.Anyways it will never change though. War on PED looks an awful lot like the War on Drugs in terms of its stupidity. It is a knee-jerk reaction to a real complex issue that will never get solved by the current methods.

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8/7/13 3:02 PM by tetris

I am starting to agree with this more and more as the time goes on.