Antonio Bigfoot Silva has been pretty vocal regarding the accusations that he took Boldenone leading up to his title fight with Justin Eilers. We wrote up a pretty big post on exactly what Silva’s defense was and the specific science behind it, but long story short he claims to have taken a supplement that is well known to cause false positives for Boldenone.
That was stupid, but it raised some interesting questions. Unfortunately the California State Athletic Commission had no intentions of answering those questions, instead focusing on the independent pee test Silva got as soon as he heard about the suspension. He was found guilty yesterday.
CSAC board members questioned the validity of Silva’s independent test in regards to its authenticity and chain of custody. Members also asked why Silva did not submit purchase receipts for the Novodex he allegedly took.
“I think they needed to find some basis to do what they wanted to do, and this second test we did wasn’t our central piece of evidence,” said Jacobs afterward. “They seemed to want to make it that. There was plenty of other evidence to establish that he had used Novodex. It was really the only thing they could talk about.”
Jacobs noted that he had raised questions regarding the chain of custody of Sean Sherk’s urine sample in his appeal — which Jacobs spearheaded last year — but the commission downplayed its importance.
“I assumed that this would go the same, but again, [the Commission] really seems to do things the way they want without regard for how they’ve done it in the past,” said Jacobs. “They admitted that the positive test could have been caused by something that wasn’t banned, which was the over-the-counter supplement that he took, yet they still found the suspension and that’s flat wrong. I have no idea why they do what they do. There’s no consistency at all.”
Ya know, for a smart lawyer like Howard Jacobs, he doesn’t seem to get many people off the hook. Maybe he should start telling his clients to get pee drawn and tested by the same fucking people the CSAC uses to test fighters? Seems like a worthy investment since they don’t seem to accept the test results, even from other labs on the Olympic testing list.
The irony here is that the CSAC used the exact same argument to invalidate Silva’s second test that athletes try to use when fighting the CSAC: chain of custody and authenticity. That basically means “How do we know who’s pee it is, and how do we know said pee was securely transfered between each party without tampering?” Of course, that argument never holds water when fighters try to use it. So I do find it kinda funny that the CSAC uses it now to determine Silva is guilty.