Josh Barnett Finally Speaks, Sort of

Written by Tom Ngo
July 30th, 2009

It has been pretty quiet on the Josh Barnett front since he tested positive for steroids. He refused to man-up and face the firing squad, instead hiding behind a statement issued via his MySpace account. Well, he’s at it again, as his manager is now speaking out on his behalf.

Shannon Hooper, president of Excel Sports Management, wrote the following email to Sherdog.com on behalf of her client:

“The media has reported that Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett would not be eligible to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction Trilogy as he was denied his California license due to an alleged positive test for 2α-methyl-5α-androstan-3α-ol-17-one, which is purportedly a metabolite of a banned substance. Mr. Barnett was shocked at these allegations and was extremely disappointed to learn that Affliction had made the hasty decision to cancel the August 1st event in its entirety. Mr. Barnett vehemently denies intentionally ingesting any banned substances in preparation for the August 1st fight and he is looking forward to presenting his case to the California State Athletic Commission.

In the meantime, Mr. Barnett has yet to learn of the results of the B sample testing and he has not received any of the documentation that provides further details of the alleged positive sample despite numerous requests. In fact, the documentation that Mr. Barnett has received raises serious questions about the integrity of the sample and the validity of the results themselves.

At this time Mr. Barnett would like to thank his fans and colleagues for their ongoing support and faith in him. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these allegations and hopes for a swift resolution to this matter so he can get back to what he does best — fighting!

I would like to further add that Josh is as disappointed as all of his fans and supporters that he will not be fighting on August 1st. He also empathizes with all of the other fighters that were scheduled to appear on the card and shares their frustration and shock at the cancellation of the entire event.”

Since he’s not available for questions, here are our thoughts on the statement. It’s interesting that it states Barnett didn’t “intentionally” ingest any illegal substances. If he didn’t take juice “intentionally,” how about “unintentionally?”

The wording allows Barnett the out of stating that he, as a professional athlete, didn’t know exactly what he was putting inside of his body. This is a typical approach for someone trying to avoid taking responsibility for messing up … AGAIN.

Secondly, it states Barnett is questioning the “integrity of the sample and the validity of the results.” If he truly believed that he was 100% innocent, shouldn’t he be standing on top of the world’s highest mountain, screaming to the high heavens professing his innocence?

Wouldn’t you be if your reputation and career were in question, and you cost Affliction Entertainment and its partners millions of dollars?

Or would you just post your thoughts on MySpace and let your manager speak for you?

Simply ridiculous. It is unfathomable that Barnett would do such a thing. Doesn’t Josh know that nobody uses MySpace anymore and that most pro athletes use Twitter to communicate with their fans???

Finally, Hooper states that Barnett was “shocked” Affliction Entertainment panicked and decided to cancel the entire “Trilogy” event on his behalf.

The nerve of them, Josh. What were they thinking? They totally should have been able to find a superstar free agent heavyweight that was healthy and available to fight WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko on just 10 day’s notice.

The audacity of some people …

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