Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Zibby Fails Drug Test, Will Appeal (Updated)

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski failed a drug test that he took before his most recent boxing match.

Former Notre Dame and current Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski was among five fighters suspended for failing a drug test after participating in Saturday’s boxing card at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission tested fighters before Friday’s fights and has suspended those testing positive for 45 days pending a second negative drug test. The drug in question is marijuana or, more specifically, THC.

Zbikowski’s manager, Chicago-area lawyer and boxing coach Mike Joyce, said that Zbikowski was scheduled to get a second test later today and was confident it would be negative.

“We’re appealing it,” Joyce told the Chicago Sun-Times. “After the fight, all the fighters tested were positive. They had you pee in a cup and put a strip of something in there. I’ve never seen results where you get them the day of the fight. It was like a home pregnancy test or something.”

I find it pretty hard to believe that Zibby was toking up at any point during his life, especially not as he was training to go into a boxing ring. That, in addition to the circumstantial evidence surrounding the failed test (five other fighters failing it, the incredibly quick turnaround time on the results), makes me confident that Zibby will be clean on his next test, which he will be taking soon as part of his appeal.

If he fails again, he could face penalty from the NFL as well.  Again though, I’m fairly certain that he’ll pass this next test.  Stay tuned.

Update: As expected, Zibby passed his follow-up drug test.  The results are being sent to the boxing commission. Via the Carroll County Times:

Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski tested negative for all illegal drugs during a drug test conducted Tuesday, according to his attorney and boxing manager.

Zbikowski was suspended for 45 days by the Oklahoma boxing commissioner after allegedly testing positive for marijuana at a boxing match conducted at an Indian casino Saturday.

“Yeah, we got a good result and he passed the second test,” Mike Joyce, Zbikowski’s lawyer and manager, told the Carroll County Times. “We’re passing along the results to the boxing commission so they can lift the suspension.Tom is still pretty shook up. Tom was quite shocked. He has taken hundreds of drug tests in the NCAA and the NFL and had never tested positive for any illegal substance.

 

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