The following is a copy of the letter that Chael Sonnen's lawyer sent on Sonnen's behalf to the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier this week regarding Sonnen's recent multiple drug test failures:
July 8, 2014
Mr. Christopher Eccles, Esq. Deputy Attorney General State of Nevada 555 East Washington Ave., Ste. 3900 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Mr. Robert Bennett Executive Director Nevada State Athletic Commission 555 East Washington Ave., Ste. 3200 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Re: Before the Nevada State Athletic Commission In re: Chael P. Sonnen First Amended Complaint for Disciplinary Action (dated June 26, 2014)
Dear Mr. Eccles and Mr. Bennett:
This letter is submitted on behalf of, and at the direction of, Chael P. Sonnen and will serve as his formal response to the First Amended Complaint pursuant to NAC 467.924.
Mr. Sonnen does not dispute any of the factual allegations contained in the First Amended complaint. Mr. Sonnen accepts responsibility for his actions and will comply with the Commission in the prompt resolution of this matter. Mr. Sonnen waives his right to a hearing. However, if this Commission deems it necessary to schedule a hearing, Mr. Sonnen will personally appear, with counsel, to receive any discipline that the Commission deems necessary and appropriate.
With regard to any discipline assessed by this Commission, Mr. Sonnen respectfully requests that the Commission consider the following: 1) Mr. Sonnen fully cooperated with this Commission’s testing procedures; 2) When presented with the results of the testing, Mr. Snonen was honest with Mr. Bennett; 3) Mr. Sonnen did not compete while on the banned substances mentioned in the First Amended Complaint; 4) Because of his actions, Mr. Sonnen’s relationship with the UFC has been terminated; 5) Because of his actions, Mr. Sonnen’s relationship with FOX Network has been terminated; 6) Because of his actions, Mr. Sonnen no longer has any endorsement relationships.
Thank you for your continued courtesy and cooperation. Mr. Sonnen looks forward to resolving this matter at the earliest opportunity.
Jefferson G. Meyer (Attorney for Chael P. Sonnen) and Chael P. Sonnen