Chael Sonnen: If he did this, I would encourage him and anybody else, much like me, just come out and say you did it!
The news that Anderson Silva was positive for two steroids before the match with Nick Diaz sparked numerous reactions in the MMA world. Among those who expressed their views of the whole event was also Chael Sonnen.
In 2010 at UFC 148 Chael Sonnen fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. He lost the match and last year he got a two year ban on fighting because of doping. Sonnen appeared as a guest on Off The Record TSN where he shared his opinion with Michael Landsberg.
“Anderson Silva was in the ring, and he suffered a compound fracture,” Sonnen said. “His bone from the shin down, his foot, his toes, everything, was snapped in half. The only thing connecting it to his body was his skin. I know that’s graphic, but it’s relevant to the story. He’s got an obligation to himself: health first – and sport way down the list. He has an obligation to get himself better – whatever he needs to do. Use science. I don’t care if it’s free market or black market, he needs to repair his leg. That’s OK, and we give him a pass. If he wants to come back and compete, which he decided he did, he’s got to operate within the rules. For right now, it appears that he tested positive for some banned substances.”
“If he needed to help his leg, good for him, it just doesn’t mean he can return to the sport. If he returned to the sport and he didn’t disclose and go through channels, he’s going to have some red tape, and that’s what he’s going to have to work through.”
“If he did this, I would encourage him and anybody else, much like me, just come out and say you did it,” Sonnen said today on TSN’s “Off the Record.” “The door is still open to come out and just tell us what happened. Say, ‘Listen, it was still in my system. I’m busted. I’m sorry.’ Lay it out, fade to black, and roll the credits.”
“I can tell you, I wish he wouldn’t have said anything yet,” Sonnen said. “He needs to put a little time between – let me talk about me, and not Anderson. I wanted to come clean. I wanted to tell everything I can, but when you’re confronted as a human being with shame, when you know you’re wrong, it’s very difficult to fully express everything. Now I eventually got there, but I’ll tell you first hand it took me a while. My first reaction was, ‘Hey, this is my business, and I don’t want to talk about it.’ I came through it, and I think if Anderson puts some time in between, he might change his stance.”
“He might also be of the mind that he didn’t do it. Let’s let him work through that. I wasn’t there. I can tell you, the lab that was involved that did this answers to one person, and that is Sen. John McCain. This is a lab funded by the United States government. If someone were to come in and say this lab got it wrong, this lab is going to defend itself vigorously. It is not worth the fight.”