Jon Jones says is pretty happy after showing he is “not a drug cheat” by arbitrators in his doping case, despite the fact he tested positive for 2 banned substances.
Jones faced a 1-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after a failed test in June, then given the maximum punishment. Despite this, Jones is taking solace in the fact that his story about taking a sexual enhancement tablet that contained banned substances was believed to be true. Jones had claimed he received the pill from a teammate, who said it could enhance sexual pleasure, and admitted he didn’t check on the pill with the USADA.
The arbitrators called his actions “reckless” but ultimately decided he is not a “drug cheat.”
Jones has issued a statement saying, “Being cleared of these allegations was very important to me. I have always maintained my innocence and I am very happy I have been cleared in any wrong doing pursuant to the allegations made that I had intentionally taken a banned substance. I have worked hard in and outside of the octagon to regain my image and my fighting career and will take these next eight months to continue my training and personal growth both as a man and a athlete.
Jones says he will not fight the ban, and thanks his fans, teammates, coaches, sponsors and the UFC for continued support.