Report: Zbikowski appealing suspension

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

something.”

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.

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