Tom Zbikowski: Baltimore Ravens Safety and Boxer Exonerated of Drug Accusations

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IApril 30, 2011

Zbikowski is ready to resume his career as a prizefighter.
Zbikowski is ready to resume his career as a prizefighter.

Baltimore Ravens safety, and upcoming cruiserweight force, Tom Zbikowski had his positive drug test overturned by the Chickasaw Nation Gaming Commission Thursday afternoon.

Zbikowski (4-0, 3 KOs) knocked Blake Warner onto Queer Street in the first round last Saturday night at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Okla.

Unfortunately, Zbikowski, a two-time third-team AP All-American at Notre Dame, was found to have traces of marijuana in his system following the bout and he was subsequently suspended for 45 days by the prestigious commission.

“Zbikowski just doesn’t seem like a pothead,” said Mike McCarthy, 28, a boxing fanatic from Quincy, Mass. “He seems almost like a straight-edge or a marine.”

Oddly, five of the 16 fighters on last weekend’s card were discovered to have THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in their bodies.

"Tommy is very relieved," Zbikowski manager Mike Joyce said, according to the National Football Post.

"Tommy works too hard and puts his body through too much to risk his NFL and boxing career by putting anything illegal in his body. Tommy has never used illegal or banned substances. He's a clean-living guy. We're very grateful that the Chickasaw Nation acted so quickly. The people at the Chickasaw Nation were very professional and treated us with courtesy. Tommy is glad that this ordeal is over."

Joyce then offered his sage overview of how a pothead should look.

"Like I said, the guys I know that smoke pot are all big fat guys that have the munchies," Joyce said. "Tom doesn't even eat pizza. He treats his body as a temple. He has passed hundreds of NFL and NCAA tests. He doesn't do drugs."

Zbikowski, who compiled a 75-15 record as an amateur pugilist and advanced to the finals of the Chicago Golden Gloves, had agreed to fight May 21 in Cabazon, Calif. and June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“Tommy Z” hired Hall of Fame trainer Emmanuel Steward to work in his corner last month.

The legendary Steward believes Zbikowski has not yet scratched the surface of his potential as a prizefighter.

Considering the NFL lockout is still intact, there is no telling how far the former Fighting Irish gridiron star can advance in the squared circle.

Zbikowski “doesn’t do drugs” and with his abilities, focus and determination he has an opportunity to quickly ascend through the cruiserweight ranks.

Tom Zbikowski could simply be a star boxing attraction if he chooses to remain in the ring and off the field.