I was pretty flippant about Joe Riggs getting tossed off tonight’s Strikeforce, mainly because in my mind he’s got a really messed up back and probably shouldn’t be fighting. But other people were more upset, and I think Kid Nate hit the nail on the head when he summed up the problem with the CSAC’s decision to bar Riggs:
So you see, if a fighter tells the CSAC about prescription drugs he’s taking, they won’t license him to fight. And they won’t test the fighter so he can prove the drugs aren’t in his system.
Gut decisions and dumb opinions are all well and good for an asshole blogger like me, but is it really reasonable for the CSAC to do this kind of thing? Are they really allowed to stop Riggs from fighting because he takes pain meds but is still going to be able to test clean? Cycling off steroids before being tested is obviously illegal, but is the same standard applied for stuff like percocet?