Zbikowski's boxing suspension overturned

Ravens safety passed drug test Tuesday

April 28, 2011

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski had his 45-game suspension from boxing lifted Thursday, his lawyer said.

Zbikowski was disciplined by Chickasaw Nation Boxing Commission when he tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main substance in marijuana, after Saturday's fight. To resolve the matter, Zbikowski sent a negative result from a self-described "more in-depth test" on Tuesday.

He learned that the suspended was over when he received a certified letter from the boxing commission around 4 p.m. Thursday.

"He's glad to have his name cleared," said Mike Joyce, who represents Zbikowski. "He works too hard to put his pro boxing and NFL career at risk to put an illegal substance in his body."

Zbikowski's lawyer and father both questioned the validity of the drug test administered in Oklahoma because five boxers tested positive on the card.

Zbikowski's decision now is whether to report to the Ravens if the lockout is truly over or try to fight one more time.

"He's calling his teammates to figure out the status," Joyce said. "He wants to be a starter."

Zbikowski has fights scheduled for May 21 in Cabazon, Calif., and June 4 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.



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