There’s so much information floating around about Chael Sonnen’s positive steroid test that it’s kinda hard to make heads or tails of what’s going on right now. A lot of speculation, opinions, and assumptions are being given even by the bigger blog boys and mainstream media, so rather than just link to all that here’s some facts presented in Q&A format for easy fiber-rich digestion:
What did Sonnen test positive for?
At this point the only thing the CSAC has reliably told anyone (that ‘natural steroid’ thing from yesterday was a mis-statement) is that Chael’s piss tests – both the A and B samples – showed unnaturally high levels of testosterone. Testing doesn’t always turn up traces of steroids … sometimes it just finds the results of steroid usage – in this case, more testosterone than a human could possibly have naturally.
There’s two big unanswered questions right now that need to be addressed before we can really start tearing into this situation: were there any steroid metabolites present in Chael’s wee-wee to go along with those elevated testosterone levels? And how elevated is elevated?
Until we know the testosterone levels, we won’t really be able to tell if the rumors of cold or flu medicine playing a role are viable. An off the chart reading also lowers the chances (but doesn’t completely rule out) that oral supplements were the cause of a positive test. In short, past the presence of actual juice, Chael’s testosterone level is the most important thing we need to find out more about right now.
Did Chael tell the CSAC *before* the Silva fight that he was juicing?
Word has come out that Chael Sonnen told the CSAC during the UFC 117 pre-event screening that he had taken ‘something.’ Whether that something was is still kinda unclear because the CSAC guys ‘don’t remember’. Josh Gross reports that Sonnen listed ‘testosterone’ on his pre-fight screening form.
Has Chael denied the charges?
Chael’s manager has come out and said that Chael will be appealing, and Chael himself will be making an appearance on ESPN’s MMA Live later this week. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised. This is a guy who tries to give a speech when the camera pans over him in a crowd during an event. And he’s also a guy who denied his twitter was his twitter and denied making comments he was literally recorded making. Still, he’s already one step ahead of Shane Carwin, who just decided to say nothing.