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Josh Barnett Doesn’t Trust USADA, Expects Severe Punishment Over 2016 Violation

January 16, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Josh Barnett

Josh Barnett spoke with MMAjunkie about his issues with USADA and more. Barnett faces a potential four-year suspension over a potential anti-doping violation in December of 2016. Highlights are below:

On expecting a severe punishment: “I end up no matter what at the mercy of USADA. And to be honest, I don’t trust them in any way, shape or form. I have no interest to work with them or be a part of their program. I would be willing to do anything else but work with USADA at this point. When you can’t trust someone, what are you supposed to do? Continue to give them the opportunity to break your trust? They don’t seem responsible enough to have oversight over my career.”

On his issues with USADA: “I’m not against the idea and the spirit of USADA, or what an independent drug testing program is for – not at all. I don’t have an issue with any of these things, and even though I took a supplement that was tainted, I’m OK with having to go through the process to test the supplements. I’m totally fine with that. The only thing I protest to is being hammered after the fact, after finding that I am innocent of any wrongdoing, and instead of moving on and considering the time spent researching and finding the data and appealing my case as enough – the extra efforts to come after me, that’s where I draw the line.”

On USADA’s punishments: “They have a real insistence of trying to mete out punishment. Despite everything we’ve done and the initial process of dealing with them, they at some point turned a corner and became very stringent, hardcore, inflexible, and really, unwilling to continue on the same path they initiated. It seems they want to erect a stake and burn me at it.”

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Josh Barnett, USADA, Jeremy Thomas