The Devil in Mr. Jones
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Tuesday night, TMZ broke news that Jon Jones had been flagged for a banned substance by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and that he had been stripped of his title according to their “sources”. But when these things happen, a process has to run its course before title are stripped and fines along with further repercussions ensue. The sample was from July 28 after weigh-ins according to the official statement from the UFC.
The news spread as it does on social media and in the hours after the report, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted a statement from the Jones camp.
After Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender’s Series, White held a small media scrum where he addressed the news on Jones and could not give a timeline on the process since the news was fresh. When he asked Jeff Novitsky of USADA, Novitsky said it could take “up to a month, six months or even a year.”
The video was posted by Chamatkar Sandhu of MMA Junkie:
Since Jones just came off his last suspension in July for a banned substance he would be facing an even longer one this time and could be facing fines of up to $500,000 dollars and potentially more. According to Combat Sports Law he could also be facing a civil lawsuit from Cormier for battery if he decides to take legal action.
The samples being tested again rarely turn out well in favor of the fighter who was flagged. With the history Jones has with trouble in the past, and he and White not speaking to each other this does not look good for the man considered to be one of the most talented fighters in his division.
When Jones name comes up in MMA the quote is becoming rhetoric, “Jon Jones is his own worst enemy.” If his camp was behind them as they said and the sample turns out to be clear what does it say about the process of putting athletes names out for "potential" violations as they have in the past? Jon Jones fans should keep their fingers crossed.
What do you think? Should we let the process play out or is this just too much from Jones?
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