Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski will appeal a 45-day
suspension handed down by the Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission
for testing positive for marijuana following his latest foray into
the ring, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Zbikowski, 25, had apparently tested positive for the drug along
with five other participants on Saturday’s card at the WinStar
World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., but a second test conducted in
Chicago came back negative.
The negative result from the “more in-depth test” was sent to
the commission on Tuesday, Zbikowski’s attorney said, with the
player seeking an “expedited” decision.
Zbikowski would likely miss his next two scheduled fights if the
suspension is upheld, while he could also face punishment under the
NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“It was disappointing and disheartening because we had such a
great experience down there,” Zbikowski’s coach and lawyer Mike
Joyce told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But we’re confident we will get
this resolved this week.”
Joyce said earlier he had never seen testing similar to the one
conducted prior to Zbikowski’s fight.
“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,” Joyce said. “It was like a home pregnancy test or
Joyce added that Zbikowski has “taken all sorts of tests for the
NFL and he’s never tested positive … ever.”
Zbikowski wasted little time Saturday improving his professional
boxing record to 4-0 with a first-round technical knockout of Blake
Warner. The Ravens safety needed just two minutes and 20 seconds
before the referee halted the fight after Warner left himself open
to a right uppercut following an onslaught to the body.
Zbikowski, who is a restricted free agent, has been able to box
because the NFL lockout has prohibited him from completing a new
contract with the Ravens. The safety-turned-pugilist is reportedly
looking to sign a deal that would allow him to continue his
offseason pursuits in the ring.