Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones found himself in hot water this month after a potential anti-doping violation discovered in an out-of-competition drug test got him bounced from the UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event.
But Jones insists he did not intend to cheat and would never knowingly take performance-enhancing drugs.
His manager, Malki Kawa, took it one step further in his defense of "Bones," suggesting that his client is the victim of tainted supplements, and is now getting lambasted by the media in the same way a drugged girl might get blamed for getting raped.
"If somebody takes something that they are not supposed to take and they knowingly do so, you got a product, at the end of the day, if I'm taking steroids, I know what I'm taking. If I'm taking estrogen blockers, I know what I'm taking. If I'm drinking alcohol, I know what I am drinking. Right? This is the problem with the whole system. This is like saying, and I might get ripped for this tomorrow, but If you're a girl at the bar, alright, and you have your drink there and guy comes and sits next to you and he slips something into your drink and you get raped, well, sweetheart, you should have been watching your drink. That's exactly what you tell anybody who says, ‘Wait, I didn't do this, I'm not a cheater, I got all these blood tests I've done so far that prove I'm not cheating, and now all of a sudden I'm cheating? Wait a minute, I didn't cheat.' It has to be somewhere. Yoel Romero's case, okay, these guys had no clue that the substance they popped for was in there supplement. It just doesn't happen to my guys, it happens to everybody. They didn't know it was in the supplement. That guy is not a cheater, I don't care what anybody says. Now, is he responsible for what he puts in his body? Absolutely."
Kawa made his appearance on the "You're Welcome" podcast to defend his client after Sonnen took his former opponent to task over the UFC 200 fiasco (more on that here). In Jones' absence, Daniel Cormier -- now the sole owner of the light heavyweight title -- captured a decision win over Anderson Silva.
Hear more from Kawa in the embedded player below.