Less than 24 hours ago UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world.
"Bones" was originally set to meet Cormier for their rematch in the main event of UFC 200 last summer to unify their light heavyweight titles, as Jones won the interim belt by defeating Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 via unanimous decision. That fight was scrapped just days out form the event, however, as Jones failed a Untied States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test and was issued a ban for a year from competition. He returned last month (Sat. July 29, 2017) in the main event of UFC 214 where he defeated Cormier via third round TKO to win back the light heavyweight title.
Last night (Tues. August 22, 2017) news broke that Jones failed his UFC 214 drug test once again, sparking a ton of outrage on social media from the MMA world who scolded Jones for allowing this to happen once again. Some have gone as far as claiming that this could be the end of "Bones'" career.
Jones' teammate, Frank Lester, took to Facebook to issue a lengthy statement firing back and Jones' early critics, claiming that Jones was set-up because he would never do something like this after what happened prior to UFC 200:
"I was just at dinner sitting next to Jon Jones when he got the phone call about this failed drug test. Supposedly the story is between weigh ins and fight night he took a oral steroid. Which makes zero sense since it wouldn't do anything at all for Jon to do so.
"It takes weeks for steroids to build up in your system to be a performance enhancer. Jon was devastated to say the least.
"This is a set up, straight up, no athlete would test clean his entire fight camp, and then randomly take some cheap fucking oral steroid betweens weigh ins and fight night knowing he would be tested once he got done fighting.
"This is a straight set up. They are trying to ruin this kids life. It makes no sense and Jon wouldn't do it. Let's see what happens with all of this but I truly believe Jon is innocent & I hope that all of you will give him a fair chance before you send hateful judgements his way."
What are your thoughts on Jones' teammate claiming that his failed drug test is a set-up against his career? Let us know in the comments section below!
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