Sorry, not sorry.
Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen is unapologetic for his use of performance-enhancing drugs that led to his retirement from fighting and the termination of his broadcasting deal with FOX.
Sonnen, who recently started his own podcast, said on his show that he’s not sorry for doing what he did, calling it a premeditated decision.
“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry,” Sonnen said on his You’re Welcome podcast. “I’m a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision. Here’s the problem, is that it worked. The problem is, it helps.
“There’s a term out there, performance enhancing drug. The reality is, it’s all medicine. All medicine is made to make you better. If it did the opposite, it would be malpractice. You’re not going to the doctor to say give me something to make me worse. I was taking things and they were making me feel a little better.”
In February, testosterone-replacement therapy was unanimously banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission; a decision that was subsequently backed by the UFC and other commissions. Sonnen, who up to that point was a recipient of artificial testosterone, tested positive for banned substances in a May random drug test and then failed a second test in June.
The fighter admitted on his podcast to waiting until his self-administered drug tests were negative to apply for a license to fight in Nevada. Upon receiving his license, he submitted to what he described as “far superior” exams overseen by the NAC.
Despite previously describing himself as a “rules guy,” Sonnen admitted he tried cheating. Ultimately, his legacy is left with a black mark, but Sonnen remains firm in his sorry-not-sorry stance.
“I had a plethora of things in my system,” he said. “I thought it was out of my system. I had done my own tests and they came back hot. So I never asked for a license and I kept testing myself. I waited until they were clean; I then asked for a license. They gave me a license, and then they tested me. They sent it to a lab that was far superior than the ones I had access to, and they found the stuff in my system. That’s it. I’m beat. I took it and I did it.”
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