Former NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton, who made his mixed martial arts debut on June 2, tested positive for a testosterone imbalance, Sherdog.com learned on Wednesday.
California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Armando Garcia said that Morton's "A" sample indicated an elevated T/E ratio, the same problem that has plagued Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. Morton's "B" sample confirmed that he had a ratio of 83.9, while industry standards consider any ratio above a 6.0 to be consistent with anabolic steroid use.
In the Los Angeles bout, Morton was knocked out in 38 seconds by the Ivory Coast's Bernard Ackah and taken from the ring on a stretcher. He refused to take a drug test after the fight and was immediately placed on indefinite suspension. The CSAC withheld Morton's $100,000 purse, which is the organization's policy in doping cases.
Morton, 35, was tested before the fight in order to receive a license. According to Garcia, Morton's samples showed a "very elevated T/E ratio, which is testosterone." Morton's samples are still being tested for drugs of abuse.
Morton could have his license revoked and faces a $2,500 fine. He was informed of the test results by letter and has 10 days to request a hearing.
Calls to Morton's agent by Sherdog.com were not returned.
Morton played 12 seasons in the NFL, most recently with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. He played most of his career with the Detroit Lions but also suited up for the Kansas City Chiefs. Morton had four seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards.