While the write-ups on Chael Sonnen’s steroid defense hearing certainly get into a lot of the nitty gritty regarding what Chael told who and when, few managed to capture the vibe from the meeting. Here’s Midsy with a taste:
Then again, from the looks of Thursday’s California Commission hearing, there may not be any states with strong athletic commissions: California’s commission is supposed to be one of the better ones, but on Thursday the Commission members looked unprepared and unable to run their own hearing. In addition to seeming only vaguely aware of what their rules are, Commission members referred to Sonnen as a boxer rather than a mixed martial artist and revealed at various points that they didn’t know who UFC President Dana White and Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer were.
My favorite part was when the 80 year old dude on the board seconded the motion to cut Chael Sonnen’s suspension in half, and then 10 seconds later asked “Who seconded this?” RED SHIRT DRAGON LADY was also entertaining in her antagonistic ways, for example interrupting Chael’s council every 2 minutes to say he only had 25 / 23 / 20 minutes left to make his case.
The fact that the verdict seemed rushed through so councilmembers could have a recess was also quite rich. While the one guy on the board who seemed to know what he was talking about (the only one who cited concern that the TRT defense is like a permission slip to juice) kept telling the others this was an important case that sets dangerous precedents, the others were too busy praising Chael or sipping on a soda from Subway to care. After a 2-2 vote to uphold the original suspension, they immediately offered up the half-suspension and passed it 3-1. JUSTICE IS SERVED!!!!1