It’s been a crazy couple weeks now for the UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, as his reputation has truly been placed under the microscope. Having been popped for cocaine metabolites in the run up to UFC 182, albeit out of competition, “Bones” found himself the subject of criticism and ridicule in equal measure.
Having checked in to an unnamed rehabilitation clinic, UFC president Dana White stated he was glad that the champion was getting the help he needed. As fans, many of us grew concerned as to how serious Jones’ problem was, and further test results certainly raised some eyebrows. The UFC was obviously not going to penalize one of their biggest stars, and Jon Jones rehab stint would surely help resolve this messy situation.
Well, according to Jones’ own Mother, the champ spent one night in rehab. Check it out, from WBNG.com:
“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. 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. When he tested positive, my first question was, do you have a problem, a serious problem? 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.”
His stint in the rehab program lasted just one night, but Jones said her son is continuing to get more educated on the subject.
“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 bud.”
Wow, so Jon Jones rehab was consistent of one night in a clinic. Talk about the biggest PR stunt ever, and how ironic is it that his own Mother was the one to reveal this absurd news.
As if this story couldn’t have got any worse for the champion, we learn that even his effort to lessen the backlash from the media was half-hearted at best. What are your thoughts? Is the champion tarnishing his image beyond repair with these antics?