When Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana in his post-fight drug test following his middleweight title-fight loss to Sergio Martinez last September, there was outcry when the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a whopping $900,000, to go along with suspending him nine months.
Marijuana is not going to help a fighter in the ring like steroids, many bellowed. And the fine was nearly a third of his $3 million purse. On Friday, the commission reduced the fine to $100,000.
An Associated Press story said Chavez’s lawyers argued that the large fine violated Chavez’s constitutional rights. ESPN.com reported that Chavez’s lawyers had been preparing a lawsuit against the commission because of the fine.
Chavez was looked upon as a repeat offender by the commission because he tested positive for diuretics in 2009.