It has been two weeks since Jon Jones spent one night in a rehabilitation facility after it became public that he had tested positive for cocaine metabolites in an out-of-competition drug test leading up to his UFC 182 fight with Daniel Cormier.
He has since been fined $25,000 by the UFC for breaking the promotion’s Athlete Code of Conduct policy, but has still received a mountain of criticism, not only for testing positive, but also for what most consider a too-short stint in rehab.
Jones has been keeping to himself since the situation became public, but broke his silence in an exclusive interview on FOX Sports Live on Monday night, where he addressed the situation, including his brief stint in rehab, explaining that his treatment has not ended, just the stay in the facility.
He also took responsibility for his transgression, saying that he first used cocaine in college, but assuring everyone that he is not an addict or even a frequent user.
“I don’t have an excuse. I did it, basically, at a party. A coward would come up with an elaborate reason or try to blame something, and I’m not gonna do that,” said Jones. “I’m not gonna blame my friends or pressure or stress. I messed up. It wasn’t a mistake. I can’t call it a mistake, necessarily, because I consciously did it.
“The whole situation was very embarrassing. I’m not a cocaine addict by any means. I’m not even frequent user.”
Check out the full 13-minute-plus interview below…
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