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Josh Barnett Ditches Steroid Appeal Hearing to Wrestle Bob Sapp


 
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Josh Barnett‘s appeal of his denial of licensure in the state of California was postponed for a fourth time yesterday, after Barnett failed to show up to the hearing. The Babyface Assassin had a good excuse, though — he was busy beating down Bob Sapp at an Inoki Genome Federation pro-wrestling event in Tokyo. Though Barnett’s attorney appeared at the hearing, it wasn’t good enough for the California State Athletic Commission, which rescheduled his case until April 20th. Said Barnett’s attorney, Michael J. DiMaggio:

“We’ve been diligently preparing to present Mr. Barnett’s case and his defense, and he was unable to be here today and we are extremely shocked and disappointed that the commission ruled that they would not go forward with the hearing without Mr. Barnett being present. It’s particularly surprising in light of the fact that we’re not aware of any rule or regulation that insists that he be here…This is obviously the commission’s rules, which are very vague and unknown to us…Presenting issues and raising issues relating to the test results, the chain of custody, the protocol, those type of issues are issues that can be addressed without Mr. Barnett being present. His presence and his ability to be cross-examined is irrelevant to those issues.”


But according to new CSAC Executive Director George Dodd, Barnett was informed by letter that he’d have to appear in person: “The letter is very clear that you must appear before the commission. It doesn’t say anything else besides appear. You can bring counsel, but it says the word ‘appear’ in there.”

Josh Barnett hasn’t competed in MMA since testing positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone last July, which led to a cancellation of his scheduled Affliction: Trilogy match against Fedor Emelianenko, and the eventual scrapping of Affliction’s MMA promotion. Barnett vowed to appeal the test results, but his hearings have been pushed back due to additional time needed to gather information from the testing facility and inclement weather. Regarding the 4/20 date of the next hearing, DiMaggio wrung his hands about the futility of it all: “That will be nine months into the ineligibility of Mr. Barnett, which begins to beg the question…at what point does it become worth it to pursue this versus just waiting out the ineligibility period and preparing to move on?”

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Seoul Brother- February 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm
I think even the most delusional jackanape would be hard pressed to come to a conclusion about Josh Barnett besides that his actions so far do not so much as respond to the CSAC as avoid them altogether for a paycheck where -surprise surprise- they don't test for artificial nut juice.

In other words, he appears to be as guilty as homemade sin. Barnett has owed it to what's left of his fans as well as the CSAC to respond to their allegations on THEIR FUCKING TERMS - not his and certainly not his barely competent lawyer. Lawyers will always have issues with terms set by their opposition, but the CSAC claims that Barnett MUST appear and said so in writing.

Either that or he get comfortable fighting in freak shows so pathetic that even Jose Canseco would pass on.
kerouac- February 23, 2010 at 10:44 am
Fightfan - i think aptninja's issue here (if i can speak for a complete stranger) is that you seem ready to toss out a court case based entirely upon your like or dislike of that person rather than the merits of the case. Should Barnett have been there? I agree he should. But his attorney states that Barnett didnt NEED to be there in order to argue many of the merits of the case.

To quote his attorney: "Presenting issues and raising issues relating to the test results, the chain of custody, the protocol, those type of issues are issues that can be addressed without Mr. Barnett being present,” said DiMaggio. “His presence and his ability to be cross-examined is irrelevant to those issues.” So even though it was stated that he MUST be there Barnett and his team rejected that argument based on its merits and stated why they think so.

Is Barnett guilty? It certainly appears so, but he deserves the right to plead his case and bring to light issues that may otherwise not be seen in court.

And for aptninjas criticsm being necessary - youre commenting on a public forum. You should be prepared to hear criticism from others if they disagree with you. I would recommend either thickening your skin a bit or stop posting on public forums.
kerouac- February 23, 2010 at 10:28 am
You know what i havent had in a long time? Big League Chew
ReX13- February 23, 2010 at 10:10 am
Lysol>> +1
Lysol- February 23, 2010 at 10:06 am
Hmm...you postpone a drug hearing to April 20th and manage to keep a straight face? Good job, CSAC.
JamesToneysContract- February 23, 2010 at 9:46 am
This news makes me want to go watch Cro Cop vs. Barnett 2006 Pride Open-weight tournament final, so I can watch the guy get punched in the orbital bone so hard he taps. Seriously Barnett, Nick Diaz can pass a drug test, (not every time, but he certinaly has a better success rate than Barnett) give it up!
peckawoodd- February 23, 2010 at 8:46 am
Did anyone find the irony in that Barnett's boots say "Genome"?
fightfan- February 23, 2010 at 8:35 am
So many trolling douchebags. What exactly is the purpose of aptninja's comment?? I mean if you wanna talk about names, I think fightfan is a little more normal in a mma site than an aptninja. What are you 6 and collecting throwing stars and watching 70's kung fu movies?

The comoments are for opinions on the articles, not for trolls to question usernames or rip on their opinion
Get Off Me- February 23, 2010 at 8:25 am
Get Off The Juice!

If I was Barnetts lawyer I would use the "look at my client, does he look like he uses steroids?" Defence....I would not use such a strategy if I was Overeem though.

The thing I did not like about Barnett is unlike Overeem, I guess he thought he would not get caught or something. Overeem does not fight in North America because of testing, he knows he would get caught. Barnett helped put an MMA organization in the hole, part of me thanks him(Vitor in UFC etc...) part of me laughs now whenever his name is brought up.

I will always respect the first fight he had with Pedro Rizzo, without steroids he had the potential to be a good fighter and it was unfortunate it has come to this.
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2010 at 8:21 am
As for Bonner and Jardine... don't hold your breath. Bonner will probably never be released from the UFC based on how his Season 1 TUF fight with Bonner saved the day for the UFC and put them on the map. As for Jardine, and other higher profile fighters, IMO it would end up hurting UFC in the long run if these notable names are scooped-up by Strikeforce which can easily be used to build their fighter roster and their credibility.

While it makes sense for UFC to cut low performing fighters in the early stages of their UFC career (or like Trigg on their 2nd UFC run) it potentially hurts the UFC to cut fighters like Bonner and Jardine - better to relegate them both the gatekeeper statues for the stacked LHW division.
cecils_pupils- February 23, 2010 at 8:14 am
It's an appeal even - it's not like they have to keep extending it. Close the book on this loser. No one in MMA will ever be able to take Barnett seriously again, ever.
meanfinger- February 23, 2010 at 8:11 am
it sounds like a few of you are just jealous u didnt get to hit japanese midgets with steel chairs.
El Famous Burrito- February 23, 2010 at 8:03 am
4 postponements though? Come on, man. They've given him plenty of time to state his case.

NEXT!

Negativecreep0- February 23, 2010 at 8:02 am
who cares after his suspension period strikeforce will sign him and we will finally see fedor vs barnette
Aptninja- February 23, 2010 at 7:44 am
I guess there's a reason your name is "Fightfan" and not "Dueprocessfan," huh?
ReX13- February 23, 2010 at 7:29 am
(Seriously, Sapp could pop something trying to throw a kick that high.)
ReX13- February 23, 2010 at 7:27 am
Josh, this kick in the (lower) gut hurts me more than it does you. One day you'll understand.
fightfan- February 23, 2010 at 7:02 am
Barnett is so lame. Him and his attorney said they didnt know Josh had to be at the hearing.....BULLSHIT. it is the 4th postponement and the CSAC said Josh and attorney received letters stating that Josh needed to be present.

So Josh is gonna try and horseshit everyone again and say he didnt know. Why are we still playing games with this loser. The courts should of just ruled guilty, like we know they are going to and end this circus. I mean when did a commssion overrule a guilty roid result???
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- February 23, 2010 at 6:51 am
Life is a paper chase.
Horror Fighter- February 23, 2010 at 6:49 am
Ha, looks like Sapp is kicking him in his shriveled nuts.
jimbonics- February 23, 2010 at 6:39 am
Whatta douchenozzle.
Viva Hate- February 23, 2010 at 6:39 am
Do you blame him? Come on, we are talking about wrestling the Beast here! Pretty much no one will sign him to fight in MMA ever again anyway so he may as well continue his theatre career.
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