Drug testing for the August 18 Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event in San Diego has been classified as “invalid,” the California state athletic commission (CSAC) told media members on Monday afternoon.
The commission would not comment any further, with a spokesperson saying, “we have no additional information” when asked for further details. An “invalid” test is one in which a laboratory is prevented from obtaining a valid result due to any number of circumstances surrounding it.
UFC vice president of regulatory affairs Marc Ratner on Monday told MMA Fighting that the issue was caused by a problem with either the chain of custody or the way the test was collected by CSAC’s inspectors.
The commission immediately followed the announcement with an email stating that no further information was available. Follow-up questions were directed to the commission’s Interim Executive Officer, Kathi Burns, who was not immediately available for comment.
But later Monday, Burns said the initial “invalid” announcement no longer applies.
“The information provided … is erroneous,” Burns stated in an email. “The results of the drug testing for the August 18, 2012 Strikeforce event will be provided later this week or early next week. I spoke with the lab just a few moments ago and found that a delay in processing the results has occurred due to a simple, but correctable clerical error. I apologize for the confusion.”
This is the part where everyone looks at each other and raises their eyebrows just a little. How did the entire batch of samples go from being considered completely invalid to just a little screwed up in the paperwork department? No one knows, because the CSAC has decided to keep information on that little screw up a secret.
Makes you wonder if everything really was done right or if admitting things were done wrong just isn’t politically prudent at the moment. It certainly doesn’t increase confidence that the CSAC will continue to operate normally during this transition period. Which is usually why heads of commissions probably shouldn’t be replaced by people who’ve never worked in said commission before.