Jon "Bones" Jones entered a rehabilitation facility following a positive drug test after his bout at UFC 182, it was revealed on Jan. 6. However, Jones' mother, Camille, later revealed he left after just one day.
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Jones' Mother Reveals Son Left Rehab After 1 Day
Tuesday, Jan. 13
Jon Jones' mother, Camille, spoke with Travis Eldridge of WBNG.com regarding her son's positive drug test and rehab stint. She noted Jones explained the situation, while also noting her son left rehab after just one day, but will be educated on his recent behavior.
According to Camille, the unannounced drug test came the day after Jon was hanging with friends and 'did something he shouldn't have done.'
His stint in the rehab program lasted just one night, but Jones said her son is continuing to get more educated on the subject.
'You know, it did not affect his game, it was not in his system during the fight, so he's still a good athlete. So before something becomes serious of it, I was glad it was nipped in the bud,' [Jones said].
Camille Jones also stated the positive test will ultimately be a step in the right direction for her son, per Eldridge:
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.
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.
Camille Jones told Eldridge her son is expected to attend the Colts vs. Patriots AFC Conference Championship game on Sunday. It remains to be seen if he will comment further on his stay at the treatment facility, though many would expect members of the media to seek a comment on his status.
Jones Enters Rehab After Positive Drug Test
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Three days after defeating Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 182, pound-for-pound king Jon "Bones" Jones announced his intention to enter a drug rehabilitation facility.
Jones' attorney released a statement from the fighter to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports:
With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancee, 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.
Jones was apologetic in his statement (via America's Pregame):
UFC released an official statement on the news (via UFC.com):
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.
Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com passes along comments from Jones' striking coach Brandon Gibson:
I'm going to be there for him as a friend and help guide him through this challenging time. We are behind him 100 percent, as brothers, friends and coaches. This is bigger than any other challenger that we've faced before.
Jones (21-1, 9 KOs) defeated heated rival Cormier via unanimous decision Saturday night. It was Jones' eighth consecutive title defense, putting him two away from matching the record set by all-time great Anderson Silva.
Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com provides a statement from Cormier, who commented on Jones' test by saying, "I am aware of Jon's test and if there is anything to say it is this: there are a lot of people you impact, so please let's get it together. Good luck on your rehab!"
Iole also provided the official test results document:
While the bout went off without a hitch, the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to Iole that Jones failed a drug test on Dec. 4 prior to the bout. The test revealed Jones had benzoylecgonine in his system, the main metabolite of cocaine. Benzoylecgonine is not banned out of competition, so the NSAC could not penalize Jones at the time and the fight went ahead as planned. Jones was able to pass a subsequent test, per Iole.
Bob Bennett, the Nevada State Athletic Commission's executive director, would not speculate on whether the positive test would affect his eligibility in the future.
"At this point and time, Jones checked himself into a rehab center, and we’ll cross that bridge when he get to it," Bennett told MMAjunkie.
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