UFC champion Jon Jones enters rehab after positive cocaine test
UFC champion Jon Jones has entered a rehab facility after testing positive for cocaine, according to Yahoo Sports.
Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight championship fight at UFC 182 on Saturday in Las Vegas. According to Yahoo, Jones was tested on Dec. 4 by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The test was positive for benzoylecgonine, a chemical compound the body produces from metabolizing cocaine.
"With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility," Jones said in a statement to Yahoo through his attorney. "I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy."
The UFC also released a statement, saying it was "disappointed in the failed test" but "applaud[s] him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility."
In 2012, Jones was ordered to enter an undisclosed treatment program after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
- Dan Gartland