Jones License Revoked By CSAC
Following a nearly two hour hearing, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has made its decision in regards to Jon Jones’ failed PED tests prior to UFC 214.
On a live stream posted by MMA Fighting, the Commission decided to revoke Jones; MMA license and fine him $205,000 at the February 27th hearing in Anaheim. The hearing is the first step in Jones adjudication process for his testing positive for Turinabol in an in-competition drug test prior to his UFC 214 light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier.
The executive officer of CSAC, Andy Foster made a recommendation to the board that they not reinstate Jones until the conclusion of a yet to be announced USADA suspension.
Howard Jacobs who represented Jones in the hearing, argued that Jones did not knowingly take the banned substance, which has been Jones’ stance since July. The defense from Jones has been predicated on passing drug tests in early July and a second test on October 11th, which Paul Scott, a witness for Jones, claims does not point to intentional use on Jones’ part.
Jacobs said 15 supplements were tested, plus massage creams and none were contaminated with the steroid, Turinabol.
“This situation is like really, really crappy,” Jones said. “I don’t understand how any of this happened and how it got in my system.
Commissioner Martha Shen-Urquidez, focused on Jones run-ins with the law and his first failed drug test in 2016, which required him to take USADA tutorials, Jones would admit that his management team did the tutorials for Jones and forged his signature, instead of doing them himself.
Following the hearing and announcement, Jones would be followed by TMZ, and gave no comment when leaving the building.
Minutes after leaving the building in Anaheim, Jones took to Twitter to thank the Commission for hearing his case, and for Foster believing him.
I want to thank csac for taking the time and hearing my case, and executive officer Andy Foster for saying he believes me.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 27, 2018
The next step for Jones is a hearing with USADA, who acts as the UFC’s anti-doping partner. With this being Jones second offense, the first coming prior to UFC 200 when he was found to have clomiphene and Letrozol in his system, he faces a four year suspension.
Original Story: MMA Fighting