For the first time since his positive steroid test came to light, Jon Jones has publicly professed his innocence.
Outside of four cryptic tweets over the past month, Jones has been radio silent regarding his failed UFC 214 in-competition drug test for Turinabol. Jones broke his silence Thursday when a fan pleaded with him to tell the truth about his (apparent) cheating ways.
Dude the truth is I would never do steroids, I put that on my children and I put that on my Heavenly Father https://t.co/i8EEbrQU5x
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 14, 2017
Jones has either convinced himself that he didn’t cheat when he in fact did, or he once again unknowingly took a tainted supplement. It’s most likely the latter, but how many times can Jones play that card?
The timing of Jones’ reemergence on Twitter is interesting. It comes two days after the California State Athletic Commission erased Jones’ UFC 214 KO victory over Daniel Cormier by overturning the outcome to a no contest after his B-sample also returned positive for Turinabol, and one day after the UFC stripped Jones of the belt to reinstate Cormier as their light heavyweight champion.
After escaping with only a year-long suspension after banned anti-estrogen substances hydroxyclomiphene and Letrozale were discovered in his system just three days before his UFC 200 rematch with Cormier, Jones promised he’d be more responsible with what he put in his body moving forward.
No more tainted “dick pills” for him!
Jones proceeds to get popped for taking a different performance-enhancing drug in his return fight?
However, unlike the tearful press conference Jones held the day after getting yanked from UFC 200 to profess his innocence, he merely issued a tweet this time around. The troubled 30-year-old clearly knows he’s up against it far more this time than the last.
Jones, the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history, will be afforded his due process to try and prove his innocence. However, he is already guilty in the court of public opinion.