by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It was revealed today by the California State Athletic Commission that Phil Baroni has tested positive, following his June 22 bout with Frank Shamrock, for Boldenone Metabolite and Stanozolol Metabolite. Both substances are anabolic steroids sometimes used in the treatment of animals.
MMAWeekly.com contacted Baroni’s manager Ken Pavia, who gave the following statement:
“While we respect the process and intent of the tests, we are disappointed with the results as they are completely unexpected. Phil did not knowingly ingest these drugs, which we are told are veterinary in nature.
We intend to explore all rights that are afforded by the state commission and Armando Garcia [executive director of the CSAC].
Phil Baroni feels that worse than any fine or suspension is the disgrace to himself, his family and his fans. As such, he asks that judgment be withheld until all facts are in evidence.”
Pavia stated that they intend to appeal and are applying to the CSAC to be heard at their August 6, 2007 meeting in Los Angeles.