Josh Barnett releases statement via his MySpace:
Many of you are wondering what’s happening. What I can say is that when applying for my license, the CSAC asked for me to submit a urine sample for testing prior to granting my license as they do with everyone, I believe. It was not a random test. I had no reason to believe there would be any issues and went in to submit my sample at the earliest possible opportunity on June 25th. I never once thought there would be a problem.
My representatives and I are working to gather as much info as possible and handle this situation as best as we can. I am embarrassed and want for nothing more than to resolve this issue and receive a license from the State of California as I have done many times already and for other states as well.
I am very thankful for all the great family, friends and fans that still support me.
Barnett will have a hard time convincing the CSAC of his innocence. This is the second time Barnett tested positive for steroids. After winning the UFC heavyweight title from Randy Couture at UFC 36, Barnett was stripped of the belt after testing positive for three banned substances.