UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones just made lightwork of his recent opponent, Daniel Cormier, but that may because his body was numbed up from cocaine.
The 27-year-old MMA star recently tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the lead metabolite found in cocaine after being administered a random drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on December 4.
To prevent the scandal from seeping in, Jones has voluntarily checked into rehab. Here’s what he had to say about the decision, via Yahoo:
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 and president Dana White also released their own respective statements:
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.
[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.
As for that requested privacy, we shall see if the detractors on social media will be kind with the Jon Jones cocaine jokes. Also, how is this not a banned substance?