Jones Suspension Reduced By “Snitch” Clause
Jon Jones is eligible to fight in the UFC in just over a month, after he was handed a 15 month backdated suspension by USADA and an arbitrator on Wednesday.
What could have been a nearly 48 month suspension for his second offense in the USADA era of the UFC came down to Jones not only being less at fault than previously indicated, but also due to a clause in which allowed Jones to provide “substantial assistance” to USADA.
USADA’s statement read in part, “Prior to the hearing, USADA determined that a 30-month reduction in the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility was appropriate under the rules based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance. Evidence related to Jones’ substantial assistance was presented at the hearing and considered by the arbitrator.”
The arbitration decision clarified that USADA is authorized under article 10.6.1.1 of their agreement with the UFC to reduce any period of ineligibility based on substantial assistance by an accused individual, and USADA has sole discretion to provide up a 30 month reduction in his ineligibility.
With that, Jones would had to have provided USADA with enough information on other persons or organizations to cut the full 30 months off of his suspension.
Per Bloody Elbow’s investigating, the clause states that the reduction is only given when the information reults in USADA or another body discovering or being able to move on an offense or violation, which requires specific information about the use or supply of drugs.
To ensure he continues to avoid this full suspension, Jones must further cooperate with USDA in this investigation, and this has been the first time that a UFC athlete has applied the “snitching” clause in reducing their sentence.
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