Here’s more details from the Antonio Silva case and how Howard Jacobs fucked it up:
Jacobs produced test results from another laboratory, Aegis Labs, that tested a separate urine sample from Silva taken 40 days after the commission’s test. It reportedly came back negative for Boldenone, but did show the presence of ATD, a testosterone aid that produces metabolites of the illegal steroid, according to the Aegis doctor who conducted the test.
Jacobs claimed Silva could not have been positive for Boldenone given its extremely long half-life, compared to the relatively short half-life of ATD.
Somewhat ironically, CSAC commissioners raised questions about the chain of custody for Silva’s Aegis sample, which Jacobs could not provide documentation for. Chain of custody was one of the central pieces of Jacob’s defense of Sean Sherk in December of 2007.
Commissioners also noted that Silva could not produce proof that he’d ever purchased the Novidex.
Commissioner Dr. Christopher Giza noted that a level of even 1 nanogram of Boldenone in the body was widely accepted as proof of steroid use, and confirmed that Aegis labs had a more lax standard of testing for the steroid, accepting levels up to 10 nanograms in a test sample. CSAC’s laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and WADA facility Laboratoire De Controle Du Dopage, hold a 1 nanogram standard. Jacobs countered that he was not granted access to those laboratories.
The CSAC did affirm that its WADA laboratory found ATD metabolites in Silva’s “A” and “B” sample taken after the July fight.
At the conclusion of both sides’ arguments, the motion to uphold Silva’s suspension and fine was unanimous.
A few interesting points: the fact that other labs are apparently no good is funny considering fighters have no access to tests at the facilities the CSAC uses. So basically right there, any testing you do outside of the commission is worthless.
On the stupid side, Howard Jacobs not having all the proper documentation with him proving chain of command is simply poor lawyering on his part. He should have known exactly what was coming since he has attacked chain of command many times over his career in other steroid cases.
Overall, at this point I’m willing to believe that Antonio Silva didn’t take boldenone, but I’m not willing to absolve him of guilt for the entire situation. It says ON THE FUCKING CONTAINER that Novidex can cause false positives. Basic research backs this up in detail. For Silva to take it was irresponsible and now he’s paying for it. Unfortunate, but that’s the situation.