Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones flunked his UFC 214 drug test earlier this week, which left him provisionally suspended while United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gathers its facts and proceeds accordingly.
But since “Bones” already popped for banned substances at UFC 200 last summer, most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans aren't interested in due process, instead calling for the embattled pound-for-pound great to give up his title and leave town.
If you’re one of those fans, then manager Malki Kawa has an important Facebook message for you:
The amount of hate that everyone has towards Jon Jones with out any due process is beyond me. The messages I keep getting saying to "drop him" or "don't take up for him" goes to show me how low this society is.
I stand with Bones!
For anyone to think I would "drop" him like Him and I aren't brothers is stupid.
I know how hard he worked to get back to where he's at. This is definitely heartbreaking. He def didn't cheat or use steroids. But I'm with him more now than the night he won the belt.... being there for the good times is what everybody would do. But who's really there when times get bad?
I hope that you people pick your friends, wives/husbands and close confidants based on real stuff. Not who can celebrate when you're on top. I'm not sure why this is happening to him again, or how even, but we'll get to the bottom of it.
To those of you that truly support my brother and I, thank you! To those of you who say "drop him" you're not doing me any favors by saying that. You're not my friend nor my family. So a big "fuck you" to you and your "support."
Jones will have his B-sample tested prior to a formal hearing.
The process could take several weeks, so we probably won’t know what’s happening with the 205-pound title until then. If “Bones” is once again stripped of his title and suspended from combat sports, it could be several years before he’s allowed to return.
That means we can forget about a Daniel Cormier trilogy, or a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson. We may even forget about Jones altogether, based on this grim prognosis.