If it were anyone else in the world, they’d be crucified. But Jon Jones had another drug test come back positive for trace amounts of steroids, and since it’s Jon Jones, it’s apparently okay.
Really, he’s got doctors’ notes, a permission slip from his mom, all sorts of waivers…
I think it’s fair to label this sort of thing as “Jones privilege”, no?
Anyway, here’s MMAFighting with the scoop:
Steroid metabolites have been found in Jon Jones’ system again.
Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, was drug tested in competition by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) in relation to his UFC 232 fight last month with Alexander Gustafsson. The results, which came back this week, showed that the long-term oral Turinabol metabolite that has plagued Jones for more than a year was present, according to information obtained by MMA Fighting from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
CSAC will not take disciplinary action against Jones, executive officer Andy Foster said. This is the same, long-term M3 metabolite that Jones was suspended 15 months for stemming from a July 2017 sample collection in relation to UFC 214, Foster said. Foster said subsequent drug tests on Jones done by VADA, UFC partner USADA, and the commission have come back clean since the in-competition abnormal reading, including fight-night tests.
If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move an entire event during fight week because they wouldn’t have been able to get Nevada to recognize the ol’ Jones privilege in time. Instead, UFC 232 was moved to California, where Jones fought and beat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch.
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