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Jon Jones’ Manager Tries to Say He Didn’t Snitch… But He Snitched

Anyone who’s seen that flick “Jerry McGuire” knows that a sports agent’s job is to both show his client the money and help keep the athlete’s image intact. Well, former champ but forever drugged-out mess Jon Jones was recently handed a light punishment by USADA because he availed himself of their “snitching policy”.

And now Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds, pushing the narrative that nope, no way, Jones didn’t snitch.

Except he did.

Here’s what Kawa said to ace journo Luke Thomas:

Malki Kawa told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that Jones did not get a reduced suspension in his anti-doping case because he was informing USADA about performance-enhancing drug use by his teammates.

Jones was suspended 15 months, retroactive to July 2017, in the case due to what USADA described as “substantial assistance” and the belief by arbitrator Richard McLaren that Jones was not knowingly cheating. Jones tested positive for a steroid metabolite in relation to UFC 214 last year and has been adamant that he didn’t intentionally take a prohibited substance.

“It’s not like Jon Jones is sitting around in a room watching guys do steroids and then turning around and saying, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I just got popped, I’m gonna go tell on my poor teammates that I know for a fact are sitting in a room doing it, because I just watched them do it,’” Kawa said. “That’s not what happened. Jon goes to training, he trains and he leaves. There’s no hanging out in a room, there’s not going to a bathroom, there’s no shooting somebody up. He doesn’t do that.”

That’s all well and good… except it’s crap.

Hey, Kawa is just doing his job, so you can’t fault him too much. On the flipside, though… if you or someone you know has done juice with Jones, expect a visit from the authorities soon.

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Midnight Mania! Jones’ Manager Claims No Snitching, USADA Responds

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, attempted to bat cleanup for Jones today on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, after we read Jones’ arbitration agreement and realized he got 30 months off his sentence for “substantial assistance” in giving information about another person, either helping USADA with another drug-busting case or helping pursuit of a criminal investigation. No one in MMA had invoked rule 10.6.1.1 before, the infamous “snitching clause”, and Kawa seemed a little hazy about what it meant. He also insinuated Jones provided assistance to USADA about himself, not a teammate. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:

“I can just tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Jon did not tell on any teammate,” Kawa, of First Round Management, said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.” “Jon did not tell on anyone in MMA. Jon did not do anything that these people are saying he did. So all that, ‘He’s a snitch’ and all that stuff, we can put it to bed. He did not do that. There’s other things that took place in here. There’s other things that Jon did with himself. There’s things that USADA – and the arbitrator and everyone involved – got from Jon about Jon that they had never had before.”

USADA provided a statement that reiterated 10.6.1.1- which explicitly states that substantial assistance is provided about another person, not oneself — “…which results in a criminal or disciplinary body discovering or bringing forward a criminal offense or the breach of professional rules committed by another person.” She also pointed out that Jones would need to continue cooperating with USADA, or the reduction would be rescinded.

In a written statement provided to MMAjunkie in response to Kawa’s interview, USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich cited rule 10.6.1.1. She also repeated the agreement that Jones’ reduction is contingent on his continued cooperation.

“Importantly, if the athlete or support personnel fails to continue to cooperate and provide credible substantial assistance, USADA will reinstate the original sanction,” Eurich said. “These rules set out in 10.6.1.1 are crystal clear, and if they are not met, an individual would not be considered for a reduction based on substantial assistance.”

She didn’t comment on the nature of Jones’ assistance, as it involves “ongoing matters”.

This made Kawa’s statements on the nature of Jon Jones’ assistance seem less somewhat less credible.

“It’s not like Jon sits in a room somewhere and watches people do steroids, and then he’s like, ‘Hey man, guess what, my teammate over here is doing steroids,’” Kawa said. “Jon goes and trains, gets his stuff, and he goes home. He doesn’t take a shower there. He doesn’t really hang out there. He comes in, does his thing, and he leaves. So he doesn’t sit there and hang out like that, or would know about anyone that does that. He doesn’t do that. So when people say these things, to me, it’s a funny thing.

“I’m assuming if Jon’s name comes up in something, and he was to know something, he would have to be cooperative with them. But I don’t know of a deal where it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to’ – I don’t know about that. That’s not how it went down. I don’t want to assume anything or have this turn into a disaster all of a sudden. But, from what I understand, a lot of the stuff they were talking about had to do with him – not other people.”

Jones caught substantial flak from fellow fighters over the news that he had taken advantage of clause 10.6.1.1, though nothing specific has yet become public. Kawa also mentioned that rematches with Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson are the top options in play for ‘Jonny Bones’ return.


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Alexander Gustafsson Campaigning for Title Fight Rematch With Jon Jones

Last week, Jon Jones was given a ruling by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and a time table to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon, and one familiar name promptly offered to welcome him back.
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Dana White Media Scrum Talking McGregor, Jones, & More!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was on hand for the mixed martial arts (MMA) media at the conclusion of the UFC 229 press conference on Thursday (Sept. 20, 2018) in Radio City Music Hall, designed to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) title fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov next month in Las Vegas.

To watch the replay of that circus click here.

It’s been a busy week in the combat sports industry. Aside from McGregor making his return to the dais, fans have been buzzing about the comeback of former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who’s been on the sidelines since summer 2017 because of a failed drug test.

Listen to White break it all down in the embedded video above, where he also touched on the trilogy fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, as well as the promotion’s plans for Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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Midnight Mania! Did Jon Jones Snitch to Get Shortened Suspension?

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Jon Jones is back, baby! The former light heavyweight champion got a very light fifteen-month sentence from an independent arbitrator, Richard McLaren. This makes him eligible to return as soon as the end of October.

How, exactly, did Jones wrangle such a light sentence? It turns out that buried in the arbitration agreement is the fact that Jones gave ‘Substantial Assistance’ to USADA. In other words, he turned someone in to USADA or another anti-doping organization.

Here is the clause. ‘Substantial Assistance’ refers to Jones helping USADA or another anti-doping body discover a violation or criminal offense by another person.


If you are wondering who Jon Jones snitched on, the agreement doesn’t say. The reduction was substantial, however, a whopping 30 months taken off Jones’ sentence.


His return won’t be at UFC 230, which is still missing a main event, according to Dana White and multiple sources who spoke to Ariel Helwani.

Other fighters have some strong feelings about USADA’s decision, especially ones who have faced their wrath before.

The full arbitration agreement, including details on Jon Jones admitting to his use of cocaine, his one-month stint in rehab, and the arbitrator’s conviction of his innocence despite Jones failing to prove just how he failed the test, can be found here.


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Jon Jones Reacts to USADA Ruling: ‘Comeback Season Begins Now’

Jon Jones could be back in the Octagon as soon as UFC 230 following a suspension that was more lenient than most expected.
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Jon Jones could be back in the Octagon as soon as UFC 230 following a suspension that was more lenient than most expected.
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Jon Jones Snitches, Gets Reduced Sentence From USADA

Everyone’s favorite drug-abusing rascal Jon Jones has finally come to an agreement with USADA. In lieu of the four-year suspension he was facing for failing another drug test, he will instead get 15 months, making him eligible to compete later next month.

Why did Jones get such a weak slap on the wrist, you may ask?

Oh, well, because he snitched.

Zoinks!

There’s a lot of shadiness involved with USADA, and how some fighters seem to get better treatment than others. But in this instance, there is no one shadier than Jones.

As per MMAFighting:

Jones, his legal team and USADA representatives met with arbitrator Richard H. McLaren last Saturday, per the release. Going into arbitration, USADA already determined there should be a reduction of two years and six months to a potential Jones suspension “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance,” the release stated. Jones was facing a four-year ban, because this was his second UFC anti-doping policy violation.

McLaren then reduced the suspension to 15 months based on Jones’ degree of fault, which took into account that he had passed multiple out-of-competition drug tests leading up to UFC 214, before failing the in-competition test — the one he knew was coming. Jones was tested eight times in 10 months around UFC 214 and failed just the one test.

Jones argued that he did not knowingly take a banned substance and had no idea how a steroid metabolite got in his system. Jones submitted more than a dozen dietary supplements to USADA and none came back contaminated. McLaren is a highly regarded name in anti-doping and was on the independent panel commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia.

I guess Jones’ sudden return shouldn’t surprise anyone. With only just so much Conor McGregor to go around, the UFC needs whatever pay-per-view draws it can muster to meet revenue projections.

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