Report: Cung Le Releases Statement Calling For UFC Apology
By FCF Staff
The UFC may have rescinded Cung Le’s one year suspension, and has acknowledged that there is no conclusive evidence to demonstrate he took banned substances, but the renowned fighter is calling for an apology from the promotion.
Recently the UFC announced that Le was not going to be suspended after all, after claiming the middleweight had tested positive for human growth hormone in August. The official UFC statement relayed that there is a “lack of conclusive laboratory results”, following Le’s loss to Michael Bisping.
On Thursday, Le and his manager, Gary Ibarra, released a lengthy statement regarding the UFC’s decision to lift the suspension. Here is some of what Le had to say:
“I am extremely happy with the UFC’s decision to rescind my suspension. I believe the issues raised in regards to the testing procedures as well as the manner in which the results were determined by the UFC clearly support my assertion that I did not use any performance enhancing drugs. I am also happy to take away the fact that the UFC has decided to make the proper changes in their testing procedures which will now ensure that no athlete will ever have to endure the same hardship.
“While I feel vindicated in this matter, the UFC’s press release does little in the way of an apology of which I believe I am rightly owed after unfairly enduring the public’s scrutiny. Their decision to announce me as a user of performance enhancing drugs with little thought to the accuracy of the testing or proper procedures has caused my family and I great pain; that we have now come to know was completely unnecessary had the proper care been taken to ensure my test results were in fact valid proof of impropriety.”
Ibarra also weighed in on the situation, and here is some of what the manager stated:
“The absence of a formal apology, in light of the recent ‘medical advice’ the UFC received, which prompted them to lift his suspension, is outrageous. Moreover, the insinuation that my client will not be disciplined due to ‘the [mere] lack of conclusive laboratory results,’ is a clear attempt to deflect responsibility and cloud my client’s innocence, when, in fact, the mistakes that were made resulted solely from the UFC’s reckless and premature actions and decisions.”
The 42 year-old Le was coming off wins over Rich Franklin and Patrick Cote, before facing Bisping in Macao, China.