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Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by Clunge4life on Wed 07 Jan 2015, 8:33 am

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for traces of cocaine prior to his eighth title defense last weekend in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

NSAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed to ESPN.com on Tuesday that Jones, 27, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. Jones informed the NSAC that he had admitted himself into a drug treatment center.


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Jon Jones tested positive for traces of cocaine and has admitted himself into a drug treatment center.
"Jones has checked himself into a rehab center," Bennett said. "And at this time, I would direct any further questions regarding his situation to Mr. Jones or the UFC."

The urine test sample was collected on Dec. 4 and analyzed by a WADA-approved lab in Salt Lake City. According to a lab report, results of the test were issued on Dec. 23. The test is considered an out-of-competition test, however, and according to WADA's banned substances list, benzoylecgonine is only banned in-competition.

Since the test is considered out-of-competition, the result of Jones' fight against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 will stand.

"We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue," the UFC said in a statement. "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."

Through his attorney, Jones issued a statement to Yahoo Sports! apologizing to his family, including his fiancee and their four daughters. The upstate New York native, who now lives and trains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the brother of New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Arthur Jones.

"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," the statement read. "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."

Jones (20-1) is widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He defeated Cormier via unanimous decision Saturday at UFC 182.

"I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility," UFC president Dana White said in a statement. "I'm confident that he'll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is."

Jones' striking coach, Brandon Gibson, called Jones his "friend first."

"I'll be there for my friend through this challenging time," Gibson said. "I'll help him recover and do it for his family. Whatever he needs from me as friend, I'll be there to support him."

Reebok, which signed Jones less than a month ago, stood behind him.

"We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can," Reebok said in a statement. "The status of Jon's relationship with Reebok has not changed."

In May 2012, Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when he drove his car into a telephone pole in New York. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was fined $1,000 and had his driver's license suspended six months.

He became the youngest champion in UFC history in 2011, when he won the title at age 23. His eight consecutive title defenses rank third all time in UFC history

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Re: Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by Clunge4life on Wed 07 Jan 2015, 8:35 am

How does that work?

Fighters get a ban for testing positive for weed but he does not get a ban for testing positive for coke?

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Re: Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by sohotnot on Fri 16 Jan 2015, 5:36 pm

It does seem a bit strange, officially it was an out of competition test as opposed to a post fight test, where I was aware that some fighters had tested positive for weed were banned, does seem a little inconsistent though.

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Re: Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by Fernando on Wed 23 Aug 2017, 9:04 am

failed another test after the cormier fight

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Re: Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 3:43 pm

Fernando wrote:failed another test after the cormier fight

Thats his career over Id say. Shame, exciting fighter to watch.

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Re: Jon Jones enters rehab

Post by Pr4wn on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 4:09 pm

Huge shame, he may well be the most gifted fighter the UFC has seen.

What a waste.

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Post by Collapse2005 on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 4:31 pm

Hard to feel sorry for him though. He has made a lot of really stupid mistakes.

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Post by Pr4wn on Thu 24 Aug 2017, 8:39 pm

Oh I don't feel sorry for him at all, he's a moron.

Just enjoyed watching him fight.

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