Don Jose: His Ass Is Not Grass

By Robert Ecksel on September 20, 2012
Don Jose: His Ass Is Not Grass
"They help the boxer to try to rehabilitate and not just to be thrown it [sic] into an abyss."


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.‘s godfather, Jose Sulaiman, whose WBC middleweight belt Junior surrendered to Sergio Martinez, has weighed in on his godson testing positive for marijuana. He also wanted to address the comments made by Julio’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum.

Sulaiman said he wanted “to refute what my friend, the promoter Bob Arum, said to ESPN about that there’s [sic] no promoter or boxers who could pass the marijuana test, including himself, to which I’m absolutely and totally opposed. Because it is an irresponsible statement. I do not accept that all boxers and boxing people have ever consumed drugs.”

There are irresponsible statements and there are irresponsible statements, and Arum’s statement was neither. It was a lighthearted, or perhaps lightheaded, attempt to add levity and perspective and was as inoffensive as it was possibly correct. Under the circumstances, we can do one of two things. We can administer drug tests to every promoter—which would like giving polygraphs to every lawyer—and wave bye-bye to the sport, or we can grin and bear it and continue reading.

“In the 50 years of history of the WBC there have been 13 cases in all its fights and only 2 have been in championship bouts…boxing is clean of drugs.”

Sulaiman’s math may or may not be up to snuff. It’s hard to believe that only 13 boxers in the half-century of the WBC’s existence have failed drug tests. That’s for the bean counters to decide. But for Don Jose to claim that boxing is “clean of drugs”—in the midst of a raging PED scandal—is either wishful thinking or just plain wrong.

“Finally,” he went on, “there are two types of personalities in the boxing commissions in the world. One that consists of commissioners who only care about guilt and punishment. But there are others, many of them in the WBC, that regardless of the punishment to be taken if rules are broken, that have a benevolent spirit. They help the boxer to try to rehabilitate and not just to be thrown it [sic] into an abyss.”

I’ve always felt that benevolent punishment is preferable punishment for punishment’s sake. And we should rehabilitate those pot smokers. It’s our duty to save them from themselves, not to mention the abyss.

“If the second test indicates that the first test was false there is nothing to pursue. But if the second test confirms the rumors, and Chavez accepts his guilt, the WBC will impose a punishment for Chavez Jr., in which he can be subjected to medical rehabilitation and then the WBC would open the door for him to resume his brilliant career.”

I want to be in the lab when the second test is conducted. Someone needs to be there as an impartial observer, and busy as I am I volunteer myself.

“We hope that the Nevada Boxing Commission informs the WBC about developments, because while they only exclusively act on the violation concerning the specific instance, the WBC has its responsibility for the professional life of the boxers.”

I have two things to say in response to the above: (1) The WBC needs an editor to peruse these statements before they reach the press; and (2) Where are you Mauricio when the WBC needs you?

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  1. The Tache 04:55pm, 09/22/2012

    Kind of ironic that Jnr should be busted for grass after the recent suspicions over his weight loss techniques, nice to see they remembered to test him this time.
    I must admit, I don’t really see this as a big deal, certainly when compared to steroids etc. After all, marijuana is hardly performance enhancing and it’s not like he had to serve a boxing ban when he got caught drunk driving.

  2. jofre 12:55pm, 09/22/2012

    And he is in the IBHOF. What a disgrace.

  3. EZ E 02:45am, 09/22/2012

    “I want to be in the lab when the second test is conducted. Someone needs to be there as an impartial observer, and busy as I am I volunteer myself.”
    “IMPARTIAL OBSERVER” ????? Gimmie a break!! No shame, none whatsoever!! Can’t wait ‘til he’s finally gone.

  4. Pete The Sneak 05:10am, 09/21/2012

    “We hope that the Nevada Boxing Commission informs the WBC about developments, because while they only exclusively act on the violation concerning the specific instance, the WBC has its responsibility for the professional life of the boxers.”

    Translation: “Como carajo (how the hell) am I going to get my huge sanctioning fees if my Godson is in Rehab and/or dosen’t fight?

    Gotta love Jose (I sully the ground I walk on) Sulaiman. Peace.

  5. Mike Casey 01:08am, 09/21/2012

    Sulaiman looks as if he’s hiding a giant stash in his stomach.

  6. the thresher 03:11pm, 09/20/2012

    Professional witness Brother Nazeem Richardson likely will be there.

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