Fan sues Jon Jones for ruining UFC 200 main event
Mixed martial arts fan, Sean Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his managers, First Round Management, for concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence relating to the interim champ’s flagged drug test results and subsequent removal from the UFC 200 fight card just three days before the event.
According to a report from BloodyElbow.com, the lawsuit was filed on August 19.
From BloodyElbow below:
“According to the complaint, Slattery is an MMA fan who purchased tickets to UFC 200 ‘for the express purpose’ of watching Jones. He alleges, ‘Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein. In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.'”
“Slattery goes on to allege that Jones and First Round Management ‘created a duty’ to the ticket-buying public to act reasonably in advance of his fight, ‘…including but not limited to refraining from the administration of banned substances to Jones or failure to disclose prescription medication to testing officials, and/or taking measures to ensure that ostensibly non-banned supplement mixtures did not in fact did contain banned substances.'”
“In the complaint, Slattery claims his ticket purchase was non-refundable, a statement potentially at odds with the UFC July 6 press release which said ticket refunds were available upon request at the primary point of purchase. Slattery is seeking special, general, and punitive damages to be determined at a later date.”
“First Round Management CEO Malki Kawa said he could not comment on the suit as he had not yet seen it.”