UFC Champ Jon Jones Tests Positive for Cocaine, Checks Into Rehab
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones might be the greatest pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time.
He definitely has a drug problem.
On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that a urine sample submitted by Jones on December 4 and tested by a Word Anti-Doping Agency-approved lab came back positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. However, because benzoylecgonine is not a performance-enhancing drug, and because the test came a month before Jones’s January 3 title defense against Daniel Cormier, the results will not alter the outcome of that fight. Jones is still the UFC light heavyweight champ.
What will the results of this drug test alter? In the grand scheme of things, not much. Jon Jones, who pled guilty to a misdemeanour DUI in 2012, checked himself into rehab after learning he tested positive. As a result, this is a story of a good guy who happens to have a medically certified addiction rather than an out-of-control rich guy who likes to party. So pretty much everyone is supporting him—including the UFC and Reebok, who just signed Jones to an endorsement deal last month.
Here is an official statement from Jones, issued by his legal representatives:
“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy.”
Here’s the official statement from the UFC:
“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.”
And here’s the official statement from Reebok:
“We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can. The status of Jon’s relationship with Reebok has not changed.”
Would your employers be this forgiving if you tested positive for cocaine?
Hat Tip – [ESPN]