He’s still champion, he still won the fight, but Jon Jones appears to be losing his battle with drugs. Yahoo Sports reports that a random drug test conducted on December 4th came back positive for benzoylecgonine, one of the principal chemicals in cocaine. As strange as it may seem, cocaine isn’t a banned out of competition substance by the NSAC, so not only did they not have the power to stop the fight from going forward, but there’s no changing the result either. Unless the UFC wants to strip Jones, the belt is still his.
Jones released a statement to Yahoo, about his decision to enter rehab:
“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.”
For many, while the announcement is sudden, the existence of the problem is less of a surprise. Rumors of Jones’ use of the drug have been swirling for some time now.
According to Yahoo’s report, the NSAC will consider potentially breaking with WADA code for future, similar violations. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more updates on this story as it unfolds.
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