Hey, keyboard warriors. Keep your judgmental comments to yourself – at least for the time being.
According to UFC president Dana White, there is a lot more to the story regarding Jon Jones’ (pictured) reported overnight stint in rehab for cocaine than what Jones’ mother, Camille, revealed Tuesday to 12 Action News in New York.
White claimed that’s “not necessarily the case.”
“When the whole story comes out, people will understand,” White vaguely told the Boston Herald Wednesday. “It will be put into perspective. When Jon Jones comes out and does his interview, the truth will come out, and everyone will understand. Or they won’t, you know. Jon is a very polarizing guy, people either love him or they hate him. Either way, the truth will come out soon.”
White didn’t elaborate or say when the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion would publicly address his latest mishap.
Jones was randomly drug tested by the Nevada State Commission on December 4 for his January 3 title defense against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. Jones’ mother said her son told her he doesn’t have a serious problem with cocaine, it was just bad “timing” he got caught because he had hung out with some friends the day prior to the surprise screening.
Because Jones was randomly tested by the NAC during an “out-of-competition” period – more than 12 hours before a fight when cocaine isn’t considered a banned substance – the commission can’t fine, suspend nor overturn Jones’ win against Cormier to a no contest.
The UFC could discipline or even strip Jones of his title by citing the UFC Fighter Code of Conduct, but White said they will wait until the UFC 182 post-fight drug test results return before addressing possible punishment.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Jones has had issues on the party front. He was arrested in May 2012 for driving while intoxicated in New York after wrapping his $190,000 Bentley around a telephone pole. After pleading guilty, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months.
Jones is expected to attend Sunday’s AFC Championship game in Foxborough to watch his brothers, Arthur (Indianapolis Colts) and Chandler (New England Patriots), battle for a spot in the Super Bowl.