So far Chael Sonnen has remained silent since finding out that he tested positive for a performance enhancing drug during a pre-fight test.
Today however his manager Mike Roberts released a statement confirming that Sonnen will make an appeal to CSAC in the coming days.
“It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will file an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”
Sonnen has 30 days to make such an appeal. If so he will be able to put forward his case in a hearing on December 2nd. If he does not he faces a year’s suspension that will see him out of action until September 2nd, 2011 and face a $2,500 fine.
Yesterday new details in the story emerged which indicated that Sonnen’s pre-fight urine test had discovered an abnormally high reading for testosterone.
In a curious twist to the tale it was also reported that Sonnen had in fact told an CSAC official that he may test positive before he even produced the urine sample, though so far his reason for stating that has not been given.