UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones doesn’t have a drug problem, at least according to the way he treated his recent stint in drug rehab. Jones tested positive back in December for cocaine, which never hit the news stands until a month later. Most call it a UFC cover-up, but due to the drug testing going public, people had access to the reports, even if they might have been hidden away.
Jon Jones ended up winning his fight against Daniel Cormier in UFC 182 to keep his gold, but right after the event we found out about his positive cocaine test. Jon Jones cannot be suspended for this, as cocaine is not on the banned list of drugs by the UFC or the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
They are more concerned over Performance Enhancing drugs, according to UFC President Dana White. Obviously, it is good to be focused on such issues so that all fights are kept fair. However, cocaine does have certain benefits to the body if he did it before a fight. Besides, it is completely illegal to possess — and something that can kill you.
So Jones checked into a drug rehabilitation program in New Mexico for his issues with the drug. Of course, very few people who do cocaine knowing they could test positive for it are those who do it just once. So if Jon Jones was foolish enough, as a UFC Champion, to do something, one would imagine he had an issue that needed to be addressed in rehab.
At least, that is what a normal brain would think. Oh, but not Jones, he was so awesome that he only spent one night in the center before checking himself out, this coming from WBNG 12 in New York via Jones’ mother, Camille.
Camille stated that Jon visited some friends and “did something he shouldn’t have done” while with them. The next day, he was drug tested. The funny thing is that the normal testing done would never have shown a positive cocaine test, but it was tested for by accident and that was how we found out.
Camille was seemingly happy her boy got caught, as she told WBNG 12…
“When he tested positive, my first question was, do you have a problem, a serious problem? And then he told me what happened. Jon is usually very honest with me, so he told me what happened. I was like, good for you….good. You needed to be caught; it was just timing. I’m glad that this happened to Jon; this stopped him in his tracks, this let him know that he may need to change some friends, you know, because everyone is not for you for the best. So this is a good thing as far as our family is concerned, so we wasn’t upset. Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to be helped and know that he need to stop and know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse.”
Camille Jones, being convinced her son Jon Jones may have only done this cocaine thing once with friends, was glad he caught. However, how many sons would be open about telling their mother that they have ventured into drugs more than once? We may never know if he has been involved with drugs like cocaine in the past, as the normal tests taken would never show it. So whether it was his first time or hundredth, he was caught.
One would imagine that he would enter the program and actually take it seriously, if nothing more to satisfy the UFC. Not Jon Jones, though, as one night was plenty.
Jon Jones went into the program with the support of his family and the UFC, but leaving after 24 hours is basically like not going at all. How much can you be taught while barely involved in a program?
Jones is a great fighter, possibly one of the greatest ever, and he’s not even 30 years old yet. However, for him to test positive for a very serious drug and then pretty much tell the drug rehab facility to kiss him where the sun doesn’t shine is idiotic. Jones was not suspended or stripped of his Light Heavyweight Title — so no punishment will come for him. However, he may end up taking more drug tests than usual.
At the end of the day, Jon Jones is a great fighter who got caught, plain and simple. Yet the UFC not taking action against him and Jones himself checking into a rehab center for one day feels like a middle finger to UFC fans. Many are already not high on Jones; this issue will only grow more detractors for the champ.
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