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Chael Sonnen Placed Under Indefinite Suspension by CSAC; Hearing Set for May 18th

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(Ignoring your problems won’t work forever.)

Even though Chael Sonnen completed his six-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission back in March,  the CSAC isn’t quite ready to forgive and forget. MMA Weekly reported yesterday that Sonnen has been placed on an indefinite administrative suspension, pending a special hearing on May 18th. And why is California continuing to persecute America’s Greatest Hero? Says CSAC executive director George Dodd, “It’s based off two things. One, his pleading guilty to his felony conviction up in Oregon, as well as possibly providing false testimony during his hearing back in December.”

If you’ll recall, Sonnen originally claimed that he’d received approval for testosterone therapy from NSAC executive director Keith Kizer, then changed his story in the most ludicrous way possible when Kizer denied ever talking to him.

Along with the dodgy testimony back in December, Sonnen’s money-laundering drama was also an impetus for the suspension. George Dodd said he was concerned that Sonnen’s behavior was bringing “discredit to the mixed martial arts community.”

According to, the new administrative suspension puts Sonnen on the national database used by regulators to monitor medical and administrative bans, and asks North American regulatory bodies to contact California before issuing him a license to compete, corner, promote or act as a manager. Nevada has already chosen to honor the suspension.

Sonnen confirmed with that he’ll be attending the CSAC appeals hearing next Wednesday. The date of his follow-up meeting with the NSAC is still TBA. Can Sonnen charm his way through two important meetings without getting caught in multiple lies? No, probably not. More to come…

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Chri534.- May 12, 2011 at 12:31 am
Hey, if you're not cheating, you ain't trying!
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cecils_pupils- May 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Just goes to show you you can lie but you won't always get away with it.
Just_the_tip- May 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm
*edit - "don't" should be "do"
Just_the_tip- May 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

First of all, thanks for quoting Nevada law when the article and comments are talkng about the California athletic commission. Second, I'm sure California has something similar on the books but that doesn't change the fact that these overeaching administrative laws don't violate most tenets of whats known as "due process" in our traditional judicial system. You of those things our country was founded on?
Harms- May 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm
NAC 467.885 Grounds for disciplinary action. (NRS 467.030) The Commission may suspend or revoke the license of, otherwise discipline or take any combination of such actions against a licensee who has, in the judgment of the Commission:
1. Violated the laws of Nevada, except for minor traffic violations;
2. Violated any provision of this chapter;
3. Provided false or misleading information to the Commission or a representative of the Commission;
4. Failed or refused to comply with a valid order of a representative of the Commission;
5. Conducted himself at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat;
6. Knowingly dealt or consorted with any person who:
(a) Has been convicted of a felony;

NAC 467.887 Suspension of license on ground of moral turpitude. (NRS 467.030) A license issued by the Commission may be suspended if the holder is arrested or convicted on a charge involving moral turpitude.

Providing false information to a commission rep, check
Convicted of a felony, check
Convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, check

It's amazing what the law says the commission can do and what everyone thinks they can do.
Just_the_tip- May 11, 2011 at 11:58 am
Chael might be dealing with some bad karma here, but Mr. swollen head Dodd is definetly racking up some of his own. It's obvious a childish grudge is his motivation here, nothing more.
Just_the_tip- May 11, 2011 at 11:53 am
There's so much wrong here with what the NSAC is doing its staggering. Their actions are a microcosm on what's wrong with the way our current administrative law system works. First and foremost is the concept of innocent until proven guilty which the NSAC is violating by punishing Sonnen with a suspension then placing the burden on him to "prove" his innocence via appeal. And how is Sonnen supposed to do so? By making his arguments to the same people that suspended him. In essence this is like a defendant making his case to the prosecutor instead of an impartial judge, let alone a jury.

Second, the NSAC trying to claim it has jurisdiction to penalize a fighter for something as nebulous as "bringing discredit to the mixed martial arts community" is outrageous! Really? Couldn't that mean just about anything? Are we really giving unelected officials the power to unilaterally declare something whatever suits them a transgression and therefore punishable by them? Isn't that kind of like giving them the power of a legislature, DA, grand jury, jury, judge and executioner all in one?! Nonsense. They should not have this authority.
RwilsonR- May 11, 2011 at 10:51 am
@ Get Off Me - I actually don't have a problem with them maintaining a suspension on him for the false testimony, if they can prove that. I do have a problem with the commission suspending fighters selectively based on their determination that actions unrelated to the sport are harming the sport. I'm with ccman in that should be up to his employer, not an athletic commission.
NinjaNerd8- May 11, 2011 at 10:48 am
To be given the power to end a man's career because you don't like his face is as close to being given the power of god as an athletic commission can get.

The commissions are butthurt because their own mistake made them look bad.

Silva fans are butthurt because Sonnen tooled their golden boy.

The media is butthurt because they see themselves as perfect and feel they have the right to trash anyone for anything. Forget the details, right? It's only another man's life and reputation after all.
SuckMySkyWalker- May 11, 2011 at 10:18 am
I wish full blown facial Aids upon Chael Sonnen. You fukkn Lindland cock-suckin, bareback mounting, douchebaggerry of a human being waste of a meat bag. This guy border-lines all mental disorders. Typical neo-con mentality. Fuck him, his mother, his kids and his secret gay lover (because we all know every anti-gay republican loud mouth eventually gets caught blowing some dude in an airport washroom while trying to score smack). Fuck him and no matter how corrupt the athletic commission is..this is the one thing theyre handling slightly better. Suck on horse feces Sonnen. And your mothers a cunt.
Get Off Me- May 11, 2011 at 10:15 am
1)Chael tested positive for STEROIDS.
2)Chael received a reduced sentence(six months) based on his own false testimony.

I do not care if this guy ever fights again in the UFC, he got famous by losing a fight, then we find out he juiced leading into the fight. The guy is the Barry Bonds of MMA without the career accomplishments, how can anybody take him seriously?
I know most think Sonnen is a big draw because of his "charisma" but when you cheat and get beat, I'd say you ain't worth paying to see.
intercept440- May 11, 2011 at 9:40 am
Chael Sonnen: "What the fuck are you talking about , i got off the toilet taking a massive anderson,...what?????? fuck that im not suspended, not only that i have a fight coming up, And i was ruled innocent of a mortgage was all done by the japanese yakuza, and also kieth kizer gave me my testosterone shots in my right ass cheecks befroe my last fight so i know he knew about it...and no i didt drink machida-kun pee this morning...but i drank my own jizzmism for its protein qualitites"

damn i think i need to call nick up and get some more of that bubonic chronic
google- May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am
look here you dumb ass. This is not his boss or the company he works for telling him he is suspended, its some Athletic Commission. It would be diffrent if Dana was doing it. The athletic commision should over see the fight aspect only. I mean Tyson got his shit back the minute he came out of Jail. What about all his other run in with the law? He never was denied a lisence because he was a felon. War Machine was still fighting with a ton of shit hanging over his head. They have over steped there bounds big time. Fuck em.
Spicymeatball- May 11, 2011 at 8:47 am
Fuck all athletic commissions, like any other political entity in this country THEY'RE CORRUPT AS FUCK!
Stak40- May 11, 2011 at 8:45 am
I want Sonnen reinstated so he can fight and get his ass kicked by Silva so all you nut hugging bitches can forever fuck off about this bitch.
danomite- May 11, 2011 at 8:28 am
remember what it was like before the anderson silva fight when we didn't give a shit about this guy or anything he did? those were the days...
RwilsonR- May 11, 2011 at 8:25 am
These athletic commissions are given too much discretion. Their role should be to develop clearly defined rules, and enforce them in a consistent manner. They should not be given the discretion to determine suspensions based on what they perceive to be "bringing discredit to the mixed martial arts community" selectively and after the fact with no defined rule in place. If they want to create a rule that says "no felons", that's fine. But it is far too much power left in their hands to have no rule in place, and they get to choose what, when and how they want to enforce this broad guideline of "bringing discredit" to the sport. The CSAC has done more to discredit the sport in the last several years than Chael Sonnen has done.
Harms- May 11, 2011 at 8:23 am
When did getting a convicted of a felony become part of your "private life"? I'll remember that at my next job interview. "Whoa, whoa, whoa, don't ask me about that felony, that's private."
Chael Sonnens Balls- May 11, 2011 at 8:20 am
Smitty- May 11, 2011 at 8:19 am
Somebody here is a big Chael Sonnen fan. Can you guess who it is?
Uppercut Magnet- May 11, 2011 at 8:17 am
"where's my money, bitch"
mDino- May 11, 2011 at 8:09 am
u reap what u sow. glad that scum got what was comin to him
LOKI- May 11, 2011 at 8:06 am
Fucking weaksauce. What does his personal outside of fighting life have to do with anything?
If GSP is blowin' dudes in his off hours, is that going to adversly effect his ability to dance'n jab or lay on a guy for 25 minites?(see what I did there)
Kieth Kizer is a grudge holding 'take my ball and go home' sonofabitch!
This dosent only adversly effect Chael, but also us as fans more so than Chael does the reputation of MMA.
jimbonics- May 11, 2011 at 8:05 am
Best example on earth of karma being a bitch.