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Josh Barnett’s Statement Is Not Exactly A Passionate Declaration Of Innocence


(‘Furthermore, I’d like to say that there’s at least a chance that I didn’t do anything wrong, and I am kind of committed to partially clearing my name of most of these possibly erroneous charges.’)

Here’s what’s weird about the statement Josh Barnett made on his MySpace blog this morning with regards to his current steroid-related licensing issues in California: never does he actually come out and say that he didn’t do it.  At best, Barnett implies his innocence.  He suggests that he was surprised to have failed the steroid test, but stops short of saying that it would have been impossible for him to have popped positive.  In a sporting world where we all just expect athletes to vehemently deny steroid use right up until conclusive proof emerges, this is not a good sign.  Check it out and see what we mean:

Many of you are wondering what’s happening.  What I can say is that when applying for my license, the CSAC asked for me to submit a urine sample for testing prior to granting my license as they do with everyone, I believe. It was not a random test. I had no reason to believe there would be any issues and went in to submit my sample at the earliest possible opportunity on June 25th.  I never once thought there would be a problem.

My representatives and I are working to gather as much info as possible and handle this situation as best as we can. I am embarrassed and want for nothing more than to resolve this issue and receive a license from the State of California as I have done many times already and for other states as well.  I am very thankful for all the great family, friends and fans that still support me.

See what we mean?  He never thought there would be a problem.  That could mean a lot of things.  It could mean, for example, that he was sure he had cycled that stuff out of his system by now.  Or it could mean that since he never used steroids he never had any reason to think there was something to worry about.  We just don’t know.

What we do know, however, if we’ve learned anything from all those episodes of “The First 48,” is that when an innocent man is accused he bangs his fist on the table as he declares his innocence and tells you to go fuck yourself.  The guy who’s guilty, or who at the very least drove the getaway car, mumbles something into his lap and asks for a cigarette.  All we’re saying is, Josh Barnett ain’t exactly banging his fist on the table right now.

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Canadian Chronic- July 23, 2009 at 7:58 pm
dumb fuck
SiDeBuRnZ- July 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm
jimma and jugger for comment of the week
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm
fat pig.
Seoul Brother- July 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm
@just some dong:

Goddamn, that was fucking hilarious. Bravo.
Lysol- July 23, 2009 at 11:43 am
"See guys, I didn't think there would be a problem because my coaches told me that Masteron is currently going undetected in drug tests."
Dojima- July 23, 2009 at 11:38 am
new nickname - "The Shriveled Sack Assassin"
dbiggles- July 23, 2009 at 11:20 am
hahahahahahahaha jsd good show
BonjoLoafus- July 23, 2009 at 11:20 am
How's test my pee pee?
sPeLLcHeCkEr- July 23, 2009 at 11:00 am
Somebody call Chuck Norris.
just some dong- July 23, 2009 at 10:58 am
"The Maybe-Laced Assassin"
NOTSOB- July 23, 2009 at 10:43 am
fedor never fights anyone worthy.... only person was like andre.. but thats not saying much since he went down hill..
fedor is over rated...... lesnar would own him
se7ensenses- July 23, 2009 at 10:41 am
but negative on urine samples lol
Pure Karate- July 23, 2009 at 10:34 am
Izod: Fisticuffs > Ed Hardy: Resplendence. I tip my hat sir.

See you at Polo: Hullaballoo.
El Famous Burrito- July 23, 2009 at 10:25 am
I'm currently organizing Izod: Fisticuffs for early next year.
Pure Karate- July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am
Hopefully another t-shirt company can fill Affliction's spot if they tank after this. I personally can't wait for Ed Hardy: Resplendence.
Seoul Brother- July 23, 2009 at 10:15 am
@JPfighter: Well said, dude. This guy not only comes out with a weak ass response to getting caught with something funky in his pee, but he throws a huge fucking monkey wrench in the marketing plans of a fight promotion company that was struggling (at best) to put on shows?

Let's assume he's gonna come out with some lame ass excuse of taking some OTC supplements that "may" have triggered a false positive result for a banned substance in a drug test. At this stage in his career, Josh Barnett should have fucking well known what was going to screw him up; how long it would take to flush out his system; and not to trust questionable supplement manufacturers. If he doesn't know this by now, hes one dumb fuck.

Even if Vitor Belfort is capable of stepping in for Josh Barnett, and even if he can defeat Fedor Emelianenko, there's precious few fighters around who could step in on a moment's notice without looking like a poor substitution. I mean no disrespect to Vitor Belfort. It's just that so much hype and publicity has been built around Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko, who could step in at the 11th hour and still preserve a degree of excitement? Randy Couture?

Someone should have coached Josh Barnett on what to say before he had his massive online brainfart. Even if his second sample comes up clean as a whistle, this is not gonna look good for him to get sponsors much less alone a spot on a card.
Titos Head- July 23, 2009 at 10:04 am
Fedor will never fight in the UFC. Unless Dana has a change of heart....Uh ya right
J-Dog- July 23, 2009 at 10:02 am
Translation: "I had no reason to think that the tests were sensitive enough to catch steroids in your system when you stop using them 30 days prior to being tested"
TheSlothman- July 23, 2009 at 10:01 am
Cmon Josh,even Nick (stocton sticky) Diaz manages to pass his tests, and if you think hes never had an out of comp test administered by the CSAC, who he basically told he was smokin,your on more than roids. Barnett= epic fail
C-Bus Allstar- July 23, 2009 at 10:01 am
I hate to say it, but the Babyfaced Assassin has let me down. You would think that he would realise that fighting in the U.S. is different from the un-regulated debacle that is Japanese MMA.
JPfighter- July 23, 2009 at 9:49 am
Please, Josh Barnett, just go back to Japan and stay the hell out of regulated professional sports. You are no longer an athlete, you have become a spectacle.
ZombieLove- July 23, 2009 at 9:49 am
@Koeikan: I get he thought they would only test right at fight time. But it was part of his registering to fight in CA again, right? And even though he wasn't sure they would test him right then, it was still something a semi-intelligent person would think of, right? I mean, you're coming back to the US after leaving from a steroid incident years earlier....do you really think you'll just fill out some paperwork and hope they don't remember you from a previous doping incident?
Koeikan- July 23, 2009 at 9:36 am
@ZombieLove: He thought he would have enough time to get it out of his system. The drug he took would have been out of his system by the normal testing time (it only takes 3 weeks for that particular anabolic steroid). This was an out of cycle test which he only had 48 hours notice.
Koeikan- July 23, 2009 at 9:34 am
@LargeMidget: On the contrary... I think this only expidites Fedor's road to the UFC.
mayhem- July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
So I guess that system flush he got from GNC didnt work out to well.
I smell a lawsuit coming: Barrnet vs GNC - false advertising!
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