It’s very hard to figure out what kind of punishment the CSAC is handing out because half the time they don’t seem to know themselves. We initially said that Chael Sonnen’s ‘indefinite’ suspension would only last til the end of June, because that’s what reporter Josh Gross said and he’s typically correct about that kinda stuff.
But the general understanding from the CSAC following their meeting was that Chael would be suspended for at least a year before being allowed to try and get his license back. After a day of reflection and analysis, guess who turned out to be right? If you guessed ‘Not the CSAC’, then you get a cookie. Here’s a chunk of their correctional press release:
Upon reviewing the May 18, 2011 decision of the Commission, an error in the applicability of Rule 399 was made.
Given that Mr. Sonnen’s license will expire on June 29, 2011, the suspension imposed upon the license will be extinguished by operation of law. Therefore, Mr. Sonnen may reapply for a license at any time following that date. He will, however, be required to appear at a Commission meeting to have his application considered. If the Commission denies his application, Mr. Sonnen will have to wait one year from the date of the denial.
So he went from being indefinitely suspended with no chance of fighting for at least a year to being clear in just over a month. Call me crazy, but I figured blatantly lying to a commission about another commission as to why he was caught doing steroids was the kind of thing that deserved a year’s worth of sitting on the couch in your underwear thinking about what a dumbass you are. But I guess not.