Josh Barnett claimed via his MySpace blog that the drug test he failed was on a planned date:
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.
As it turns out, this wasn’t the case. Bill Douglas from the California State Athletic Commission confirms that the test that ensnared Barnett wasn’t planned by Barnett, but rather a random test. As Inside Fights reported yesterday, Barnett was notified by the CSAC that he was being ordered to submit a urine sample for testing purposes and had 48 hours to comply. If I’m not mistaken, Barnett did not actually comply within the original 48 hour limit, which raised some eyebrows at the commission.
Barnett’s proclaimations of innocence are largely falling on deaf ears.
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