UFC Lightheavyweight star Jon Jones has tested positive for steroid Turinabol and as a result, has been stripped of the title. A few hours later, Jones released a statement via Twitter stating his innocence.
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 is publicly refusing to admit that he took steroid and appears completely confident about his innocence. The former champion has not made any public appearance after the unfortunate incident.
UFC stripped Jones of his title and handed it back to Daniel Cormier and is the champion once again. If Jones if found guilty of consuming tainted supplements, he could face a possible 4-year ban.
Jones’ coach Mike Winkeljohn spoke out on the current scenario and what could happen to the former champion as well as the UFC if he rides into the sunset for a period of four years.
“Oh, I would (sue). I mean, we’re talking about changing a man’s life. I mean, how much money can he make? How much is his career worth? Is it worth $100 million? I mean, that’s gonna’ bankrupt a company. I would be the first one to say, hey look, here’s the deal, if you guys are in the supplement industry and you have a tendency to put anabolics and these different substances into products just so that the kids go, ‘Yeah, this stuff works,’ and then the FDA coming along and says, ‘Hey, you put that in that in there,’ you either have a tendency to pull it out real fast and so people won’t do it anymore, but you’ve already sold the product and they keep selling it and they open up another product or they file bankruptcy and do it again. Supplement companies are notorious for it if you go back and start reading some papers on them, and it’s not right. This is not right when they do those type of things just to sell products.”
“If I had to guess, it’s going to come out that there’s been something that [Jon Jones] took to re-hydrate himself after his cut or somewhere in that style, that time that was some kind of… what do I want to say… some kind of substance that he thought was just a supplement, that someone said, ‘Hey, this will make you feel better, it’s got electrolytes in it and stuff,’ but it was tainted. And everybody thinks, ‘Yeah, that’s just an excuse,’ but no, really, that’s it, that’s what it’s going to be. And what I’ve noticed is a lot of these supplement companies, they have a tendency sometimes to throw things in there. I think if they find out who the supplement company was and which one is tainted, they’ve got a big lawsuit on their hands because they have changed Jon Jones’ life and it’s really not his fault.”