Coker issues statement regarding Bellator 127 drug test failures

November 1, 2014

As a result of the failed drug tests of 4 of his fighters at Bellator 127, Scott Coker issued a statement addressing what is a PR issue for the Coker administration.

Via Bellator press release:

I want to make very clear that under new management, Bellator will simply not stand for performance enhancing drugs inside our cage,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “We fully support the California State Athletic Commission in their process, and standby any disciplinary action handed out by Commissioner Andy Foster and the CSAC.  Fans, media and our athletes need to have a clear understanding that drug use will simply not be tolerated by Bellator.”

The following fighters failed post-fight drug screenings for the following reasons:

Keith Berry – Elevated testosterone levels, marijuana.

Nick Moghaddam – Elevated testosterone levels, marijuana.

Rob Emerson – Designer performance enhancer (Modafinil)

Fernando Gonzalez – Marijuana  

 Payout Perspective:

While you might say that marijuana is a de minimus offense, it should have been known by these guys that the drug is not legal and would be tested for by the CSAC.  Coker had to make a statement considering the amount of fighters that failed tests at the same event.  Yet, the statement infers that the previous regime allowed PED use (or at least was lax in its enforcement).  Certainly, if Coker had come out with a statement that Bellator would institute some type of drug testing policy, his statement would have more bite.  We shall see what Bellator does to ensure that PEDs are not used by its fighters from this point going forward.

3 Responses to “Coker issues statement regarding Bellator 127 drug test failures”

  1. Pink Pig on November 2nd, 2014 7:55 AM

    Marijuana… ridiculous

  2. Brendan on November 2nd, 2014 10:13 AM

    It’s crazy that so many fighters failed the test on one event. Ben Askren said he was never tested once.

  3. Diego on November 3rd, 2014 7:34 AM

    Were they hot-boxing the locker room? It feels like they just didn’t expect to be tested.

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