Soares: CSAC is unethical, unorganized, completely ridiculous joke

by Shaun Al-Shatti | source:

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) unanimously voted last week to uphold the one-year suspension of former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. Cavalcante tested positive for metabolites of the anabolic steroid stanozolol following his May 19 victory over Mike Kyle.

The CSAC upheld the ruling despite admitting to mishandling several aspects of the testing process.

Cavalcante's manager Ed Soares, who is also the president of Resurrection Fighting Alliance, bitterly discussed the case with Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of The MMA Hour.

"Once again, it goes to show you what a joke the California State Athletic Commission is," said Soares. "It's just a bunch of idiots out there, man. I just can't believe that they'd sit there and admit they were wrong the way that they did. ‘Oh yeah, we did this wrong, we did that. There was a line of custody, a chain of custody that was wrong. But, we'll fix it next time.' For now he still has a full-year suspension. It's completely ridiculous. I don't even know what else to say."

"In any court of law (this wouldn't stand). They basically had the wrong date on the paperwork, they had the urine sample taken from the wrong location. Che Guevara said that he threw away the urine sample on the 18th, which he didn't. It was another guy. The guy lied under oath. Where does it begin? If we were in a court of law, that case would've been thrown out. In the chain of custody, how could you have the wrong date, the wrong place where you took the sample, and still consider it fine? That's ridiculous."

"It's a joke. I hope they can't take away my promoter's license, but I guess Dana has had his share of words with the athletic commissions. But what I believe is that they're unethical, they're unorganized, and it just doesn't make any sense they way that they operate."

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the_sandman site profile image  

10/22/12 5:04 PM by the_sandman

He's right - the CSAC is the laughing joke of athletic commissions.

UGCTT_I Got Fitched Up site profile image  

10/22/12 4:33 PM by UGCTT_I Got Fitched Up

  Right so because they mishandled ONE fighter's sample(not even the sample but the paperwork), that should then mean that a fighter who ADMITS to taking steroids without permission should be cleared of all wrong doings....     Got it.

Wasa-B site profile image  

10/22/12 3:54 PM by Wasa-B

Someone who has nothing to lose and everything to gain shouldnt really be respected as much as being considered fortunate.

SmackyBear site profile image  

10/22/12 2:10 PM by SmackyBear

I'm not disagreeing that it's unlikely that there was any tampering or contamination. But the protocols exist for a reason and they were grossly violated here.I don't think the doping control officer who collected Ryan Braun's urine tampered with it, but I believe it was rightfully excluded when he broke protocol.I'm not quoting just to avoid making that quote string any longer.

David@accu site profile image  

10/22/12 6:55 AM by David@accu

    There is nothing you can really do to a specimen cup or even urine to tamper with it, unless your trying to make a positive sample negative. When these tests are done, they are not looking for the parent drug. If there is a urine sample and you sprinkle cocaine into it, it would still be negative for cocaine. The tests ran are looking for metabolites of the parent drug. That means the actual "drug" must be some how ingested and metabolised through the body in order for the test to show the person to be positive. The other type of testing which this is NOT, is the testing for the half-life of a drug. Basically how long the said drug is effective and in use before broken down by the body. This is generally done in a hospital setting and done intravenously.

David@accu site profile image  

10/22/12 6:40 AM by David@accu

    I understand the point clearly. I run into this issue quite often. I understand the lab screwed up. But through all their screw ups it doesn't change the fact the sample was intact and is independent from the CoC form. The form only is used to protect the sample from tampering. The sample was't tampered with, It was only the CoC form that they fucked up. I guess they also screwed up on it's destruction but thats really after the fact it had already been tested.

SmackyBear site profile image  

10/22/12 12:07 AM by SmackyBear

He's complaining because they didn't collect the urine sample in a clean and sealed container.They gave him one that was unsealed and urinated in the previous day.There was an entire day between the unsealing and resealing of the container could have been contaminated or tampered with.

kinson site profile image  

10/21/12 11:56 PM by kinson

Yeah but he did cheat. I think that's the main point. If some thing needs to be done to better the piss test process then so be it. Like the other poster stated, they are two separate issues. What exactly is Ed Bitching about? The California Athletic commission not filling out a form properly or that his fighter got caught cheating?

baj54 site profile image  

10/21/12 11:07 PM by baj54

Your missing the point. You are right that he maybe cheated, but that is why there are regulations in place to collect urine samples. The point we all should be concerned about it is the mishandling of the evidence (urine sample). How is it that a state regulated body of government can screw up so badly. There may be no legal repercussions from this because i dont think there has ever been a precedent sent forth legally.

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10/21/12 10:42 PM by The Overseer