UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk has finally released a statement after it was revealed last week that he had tested positive for steroids leading up to his fight against Hermes Franca at UFC 73.

Sherk’s statement is as follows:

“At the present time I cannot explain the positive drug test in Sacramento California. I know I have never used any steroids or any other banned substances, I am investigating possible causes of my positive test with my attorney. I have never cheated, all of my success has come from hard work and dedication to my sport.”

Sherk’s appeal will be heard by the California State Athletic Commission on August 6 at 10 a.m. ET.

If Sherk is proved correct, then many reporters such as myself will be left with a lot of egg on their faces. If Sherk is found innocent, I will gladly apologize for a rush to judgment. However, instead of being angry at reporters, Sherk’s blame should be directed at every athlete who tested positive before him that proclaimed innocence when they were in fact guilty.