Man, that was a hell of a Tuesday afternoon and evening, wasn’t it? Yesterday was supposed to be about Conor and Floyd making their arrivals, but that was overshadowed by the report that the Cavs and Celtics were talking about a Kyrie for Isaiah trade. The two best teams in the East trading all-star guards? No way something that crazy would go down, right? And then it did.
And then it was promptly blown out of the water by Jon Jones failing a drug test. Again.
Suddenly, Kyrie in Celtic green was like the field in the ’73 Belmont and the Jon Jones flaming trainwreck was Secretariat.
There are so many different places to start with Jon Jones, but let’s just start with the initial report from TMZ, that Jon Jones tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol as part of a drug test administered after the weigh-in. That’s right, the Jon Jones who failed a PED last July and was suspended for it, failed another one this July. The same Jon Jones who was saying before the fight that “There will be no excuse for me winning, but my hard work, my heart, my faith and my belief. I am so excited [that] USADA is full intact.”
The same Jon Jones who tweeted on July 21: Daniel says the only reason I defeated him the first time is because I must have been on steroids, wonder what his excuse will be this time.
The guy who couldn’t wait to tell everyone he was clean, was allegedly dirty as hell as he said and tweeted all that.
And then came the statements. There was the UFC statement, that read in part: “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed”
Translation: he’s most likely lost his light heavyweight belt, but locked down the title of biggest fraud alive. Greatest talent MMA has ever seen and the biggest bust it’s ever seen. Cocaine. Hit and run. Tested positive for a banned substance last year. And tested positive for a banned substance again this year. So what’s that about? Was he cheating all along? Or did he just not have the confidence that he could beat Cormier without taking anabolic steroids, allegedly. Reportedly. Probably.
Whatever happened to the GOAT? The guy who Uriah Faber glossed the Michael Jordan of MMA. The guy who was on his way to meditate before his first title bout, and stopped a robbery in process, chased down the robber, and restrained him until the police arrived. And then won the title that night. The guy with the Nike deal, the crazy skills, and had so much “it.” He was full of it, all right. And now he’s done. Probably. Most likely.
Dana White was speechless when the news came out: “I don’t even know what to say. And I always know what to say.”
Well, Jones and his camp, always have something to say. They dropped this statement: We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.
Jon Jones has a helluva lot problems for a guy who has never done anything wrong. Ask him. Unluckiest guy ever. Bleep just keeps falling from the sky, eh Jon? Look, he’s entitled to a full and fair process to hear this all out, but to hear him tell it, he’s the unluckiest guy ever. Accidentally failing not one, but two drug tests? There’s bad luck and then there’s Jon Jones luck.
Dana White said yesterday that this could be the end of Jon’s career. And when we spoke back in November at the SiriusXM Town hall, he told me he wasn’t sure he could trust Jon to headline a card again, until he consistently gets back on track.
Something tells me this failed drug test, if that’s what it was, isn’t going to help that.
The dude has turned self-destruction into a cottage industry. He’s cornered the market on destroying himself. Think of a way to implode, and Jones has done it. Criminal behavior? Check. Recreational drug use and partying? Check. PEDS? Check. The old rap was that the only person who could beat Jon Jones is Jon Jones and at this point, Jon Jones has taken a flamethrower to Jon Jones. He’s absolutely destroyed him. And destroyed what could’ve been the greatest MMA career ever.
Instead, we’re left to wonder how much of it, if any of it, was real. Because as good as he was, and he was arguably the greatest, can you honestly tell me how much of it was clean? How much of it was real? I have no idea and neither do you. This is a guy who used to talk about his legacy and how he wanted to be the greatest ever, well you are now, Jon. The greatest bust ever.
Hope you’re proud of yourself.