By Zach Arnold | January 19, 2015
That Jon Jones interview was more like an infomercial. I kept waiting for an 800 number to pop up so I could buy something or donate money.
— jim genia (@jim_genia) January 20, 2015
“He’s the baddest dude in the world.” – Dana White
Charissa Thompson talking about Jones as the face of the sport
Describe last couple of weeks: “Bittersweet. More bitter than sweet.” And: “Just had some very bad news come out. That really sucked.”
Dana called him about cocaine test results. Asked how and why it happened. Day he was tested he knew he would test positive. Didn’t tell anyone. “I kept it very private.” And: “I knew the test would come out positive… Yeah, I knew it would be a positive test. I knew there wasn’t nothing I could do about it.”
Worried about getting suspended to fight Cormier. At weigh-ins, nobody said anything to him so he thought no trouble coming.
“I definitely don’t have an excuse. I’m not here to make excuses for what happened. I did it.”
“I messed up. It wasn’t a mistake because I consciously did it.”
Denied using cocaine between the time of the positive test and the fight with Daniel Cormier.
“I had done it before quite a few times in college. But that’s really it.” And: “Yeah, pretty much. Like I said, I’m not perfect by any means.”
“I do not dab into cocaine. It’s not my thing at all. The night I did it… there’s no excuse.”
“I’ve dipped into my fair share…” (other illegal drugs)
“The whole situation has been really embarrassing. I had to explain to so many people that I’m not a cocaine addict or even a frequent user.”
“No, I know I don’t [have a problem.] They all know that there’s no room in my life to be a cocaine addict.”
“Yeah, absolutely out of character for me. Just a really embarrassing situation.”
Have you apologized to Dana?
“To Dana, to Lorenzo, to my family, to my brothers.”
I'm not sure why there's confusion about how the result came out. A reporter, @MMAjunkieSteven, filed a FOIA request with the commission.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) January 20, 2015
Said one of his brothers said they see (cocaine usage) a lot in the locker room but it’s not public. Said his phone call to his mother went better than he thought it would.
Claims he, his team, and his lawyers are figuring out why the cocaine test results became public knowledge.
Asked about his epitestosterone levels. “Supposedly both of our levels came back a little bit lower than standard. Every man has a different level of testosterone.” Denied that he and Daniel Cormier “are steroid guys.”
Charissa Thompson noted his mother said Jones stayed in rehab for one day.
“Me going to rehab was a… I would say it was like a collective decision between myself and my business partners.” Said his partners told him to go to rehab and let them decide if he has a cocaine problem. Claimed he met with three doctors for seven hours and came to the conclusion that he didn’t need in-patient treatment. They put him in an out-patient treatment program.
Jones is getting drug tested weekly and counseling sessions happen once, twice, three times a week. Said he doesn’t know how the process works and that he’s getting chewed out for what others are determining.
Who is Jon Jones? “I’m trying to figure out who I am as well. … I think there’s a lot of people out there who can relate to me.” Said the best way to come back from this situation is to continue being a winner.
Said his message to his fans is he’s sorry for betraying their belief in him. “I definitely have let myself down.”