Jon Jones Enters Rehab After Testing Positive for Cocaine
- Updated: January 7, 2015
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones has entered a rehab facility just days after he defended his title for the eight time and defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in a five that went the full five rounds ending in a decision. Jones was given a random out of competition drug test Dec 4th in which he tested postive for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine. Results came back Dec 23rd. Jones had a 2nd test in Dec in which he passed.
Jones released a statement to Yahoo through is attorney
“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.”
The UFC also released a statement
“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.”
UFC President Dana White also responded to the news
“I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility. I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
Could this all be apart of the new “Bones” heel image? And does this have anything to do with UFC making the announcment on Jan 2nd they will no longer do out of competition testing?