Jon Jones has broken his silence. The former UFC light heavyweight champion took to social media today to speak about his latest situation - a failed drug test that saw him get pulled from UFC 200. Jones responded to many people, reiterating that he wasn't a cheater and seemingly saying that he was the victim of a tainted supplement. Here are a few of his tweets:
As many as it takes for me to get it right, as many as I'm willing to fight for https://t.co/5yr20q1EFx— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
Don't write me off just yet, I know in my heart that I'm not a cheater. I trust in the system to help me prove it https://t.co/aE2vP9BlVp— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
You're absolutely right man, I learned that myself over the last week. But it doesnt mean you actually took steroids https://t.co/qkv6tw3Dej— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
Not trying 2 come across as a victim if anything Im a victim of my own ignorance & yes this could've been prevented https://t.co/bM0FTB5A9B— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
I'll disclose to the public when I find out, already sent products to a lab. I have nothing to hide https://t.co/yHjtiDPlEq— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
I know I'm writing a story that someone else will draw strength from in the future. I owe it to them not to give up https://t.co/dbW2N4nRUO— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
He also addressed a question about Brock Lesnar's recent failed test:
I know we are not in the same boat, I'll just leave it at that https://t.co/vDn1Vv8jAX— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 18, 2016
His statements came just a few hours after the Nevada Athletic Commission released the names of the two substances he failed for earlier today - hydroxy-clomiphene and letrozole. Both are classified as estrogen blockers. Jones was temporarily suspended by the commission at the same meeting.
If Jones indeed is saying that he is the victim of a tainted supplement, he is able take that argument to USADA - both Yoel Romero and Tim Means were able to prove that supplements they took caused them to unknowingly fail tests. They both were handed six-month suspensions instead of the typical two years for first-time offenders.