Sonnen accepts responsibility for drug test failure

by Chris Palmquist |

On Monday the Nevada State Athletic Commission released an amended complaint against Chael Sonnen outlining up to $250,000 in fines the fighter could face. Yesterday, Chael Sonnen's lawyer, Jeff Meyer, submitted a formal response to the complaint, in which Sonnen accepted responsibility.

On Tuesday, Sonnen's lawyer Jeff Meyer submitted his client's formal response to the NAC's First Amended Complaint for Disciplinary Action. Below is the most relevant excerpt from the response:

"Mr. Sonnen does not dispute any of the factual allegations contained in the First Amended Complaint. Mr. Sonnen accepts responsibility for his actions and will comply with the Commission in the prompt resolution of this matter."

Sonnen's case will heard at the NAC's July 23 hearing.

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Soup and Beer site profile image  

7/10/14 7:19 PM by Soup and Beer

More often than not, a fighter will make some lame excuse like it was supplements, it was something their doctor gave them, it was something they took unknowingly from a team mate, etc. etc. There invariably is always an implausible lie told to explain the failed drug test. I guess this is news because it's rare that a fighter doesn't blame someone else for their failed drug test.

MachidaDrinksWeidmansPee site profile image  

7/10/14 6:56 PM by MachidaDrinksWeidmansPee

I just don't understand why this is at the top of the front page... What is Chael going to do? Not accept responsibility? Is he going to deny 2 failed drug tests? No.This isn't news.It would be news if he didn't accept responsibility.

Soup and Beer site profile image  

7/10/14 5:18 PM by Soup and Beer

Oh I agree, and fuck 'im.  He was part of the problem but he's gone now.  Retired, finished.  And with a hefty fine to make sure he never returns.  My point is they should fine Wanderlei 250K as well.  For all the NSAC knows, Silva was taking every banned substance on the list.  Fleeing from a drug test should carry the biggest penalty they can give.  If Silva doesn't get fined at least 250K like Sonnen and just gets a year off instead, then that sends a clear signal to the rest of the fighters.  If you are using and they show up for a surprise drug test, then just run.  The punishment will be far less than if you take the test.

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7/10/14 5:10 PM by FETT_the geek

Fair enough.

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7/10/14 5:09 PM by FETT_the geek

I'm honestly not picking a side here. My comment was solely trying to point out how difficult it can be to "win" in the public eye. This holds true for politicians, athletes, celebrities. For every decision/choice made there will be those who agree and those who don't. It's a tough situation. Personally I'd love to see Chael make a public statement saying "this is what I did, I did it to get an advantage" but I know that won't happen. It's not the smart thing to do for his future career.

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7/10/14 4:58 PM by gokudamus

exactly...and he even says he accepts responsibility for his actions, which is a stupid fucking statement...who doesnt accept responsibility for his own actions..he doesnt say hes sorry, or that he takes responsibility for cheating or that what he did was wrong.

FETT_the geek site profile image  

7/10/14 4:42 PM by FETT_the geek

I'm getting it from the op. Granted that was a quote from his lawyer and not him.

Submissable site profile image  

7/10/14 4:04 PM by Submissable

And how is he saving face?

jasonhightower site profile image  

7/10/14 3:57 PM by jasonhightower

Comparing him to another cheat doesn't minimize what he's done to cheat.

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7/10/14 3:56 PM by jasonhightower

LOL, I like Chael, but he clearly is an opportunist. Had he not been caught he wouldn't have come clean. You have to set your fandom aside and look at this objectively.