Monday, June 4, 2007
Updated: June 26, 12:01 PM ET
CSAC indefinitely suspends former NFL WR Morton
By Josh Gross
Following his mixed martial arts debut Saturday in Los Angeles, former NFL wide receiver Johnnie Morton was indefinitely suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after the 35-year-old from Torrance, Calif., refused to take his post-fight anti-doping test, CSAC Executive Officer Armando Garcia told Sherdog.com Sunday.
Morton will not paid the $100,000 purse he was slated to receive after fighting the Ivory Coast's Bernard Ackah. The former USC Trojan wide receiver fell to Ackah in just 38 seconds when an overhand right dropped him cold to the canvas Saturday night.
Paramedics attended to Morton in the ring, fitting him for a cervical collar before carrying him out of the ring on a stretcher. He was taken to California Hospital, where Morton's trainer Mike Guymon said he was alert and conscious.
As part of the CSAC's anti-doping policy, Morton provided a sample prior to his fight. Garcia said that sample will be tested.
Morton played 13 NFL seasons, including eight with the Detroit Lions and three with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent his final season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. He had four 1,000-yard seasons and caught 43 career touchdown passes.
Josh Gross covers mixed martial arts for Sherdog.com