Jon Jones Fined $25k by UFC
UFC FINES JON JONES FOR VIOLATION OF ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
The UFC announced today that it will fined their light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. The fine is $25,000 and is for violating the organization’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy.
Jon “Bones” Jones tested positive for cocaine during a random (non-competition) drug test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The test was taken on December 4th, 2014.
The full amount of the fine ($25k) will be donated to a substance abuse prevention program.
The UFC came to this decision after reviewing various facts surrounding the story and after receiving confirmation from the Nevada Athletic Commission that Jon Jones did in fact pass all required drug testing after his last fight at UFC 182 on January 3 2015.
“When Jon Jones comes out and speaks — and he will soon — he can clear all that up,” White said.
“I was shocked obviously. This is so different than if a guy gets busted for performance enhancing drugs, you worry about the person first,” said White on America’s Pregame on Wednesday night. “You forget about the fighting and the work side of it. You worry about Jon Jones the person.”
“We’re worried about Jon Jones, the human being, the person. We’re not worried about the image of the sport or any of that right now. The guy is a human being and he needs help. I applaud him and we support him.”
“He’s been a bit of a handful,” White said. “He’s young with an extreme amount of talent and has done some incredible things, but he’s been a bit of a handful.”
“This kid probably has $15 million in the bank,” White said. “He was living in his hometown. All his buddies that he grew up with were hanging out with them every day. He’s made this commitment now to move down to Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains and he’s gonna stay in sharp year round. He seems like he has all the right intentions, but we’ll find out.”