Jon Jones only did 1 night in rehab after cocaine use
It was the news that shocked the MMA community as UFC light heavyweight champion reportedly “popped” on a drug test for cocaine use just 2 days after his title defense against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.
Although the test conducted was dated Dec. 4, the news did not become public knowledge until after the fight concluded.
UFC President Dana White and affiliates knew, along with Jones.
White said he was “proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” confident that the UFC light heavyweight champion would “emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”
According to CBS affiliate WBNG Action Sports, the 27-year-old fighter left the rehab program after just one night, but Jones’ mother, Camille Jones, said he will continue to learn more about the subject.
“I’m glad that this happened to Jon, this stopped him in his tracks, this let him know that he may need to change some friends, you know, because everyone is not for you for the best,” Camille Jones said. “So this is a good thing as far as our family is concerned, so we wasn’t upset. Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to be helped and know that he need to stop and know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse.”
Jones’ mother said that the UFC champion was honest with her when the drug test result was announced, and he “needed to be caught”.
“When he tested positive, my first question was, do you have a problem, a serious problem?” she said. “And then he told me what happened. Jon is usually very honest with me, so he told me what happened. I was like, good for you….good. You needed to be caught, it was just timing.
“You know, it did not affect his game, it was not in his system during the fight, so he’s still a good athlete. So before something becomes serious of it, I was glad it was nipped in the butt.”