It is well known that a former Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Bones Jones, received a $205,000 fine for a revoked license for excessive use of Turinabol by California Athletic State Commission (CSAC). But the testimony Jon Bones Jones and his team gave is just more than surprising.
Dr. Daniel Eichner, the CSAC’s chosen expert, testified that it is impossible to determine whether Bones took Turinabol intentionally or not. He also didn’t know when Turinabol was taken, how it was taken, or how often the former champ was doing it, because, as doctor claims, there is no controlled excretion study on this substance.
Dr. Paul Scott from Korva Labs claimed that Jones’ use of Turinabol was probably non-intentional, and he agrees with Dr. Daniel Eichner’s statements.
The biggest Turinabol controversy is heard when Dr. Scott admitted that this substance would show up in the example for a lot longer period of time if Jones primarily had the intention to improve his performance. When asked how much Turinabol is needed to enhance performance, Dr. Scott only knew for mg/kg ratio, but he didn’t know Jones’ weight, so the info wasn’t precise!
Dr. Scott also claims that small amount of Turinabol wouldn’t improve performance. Since Jones’ attorney based the defense on the fact that bodybuilders take a lot more of this substance to improve their gains, the doctor researched Turinabol use for four hours as a part of the case, and he was paid $395 per hour for that research.
In the end, the only thing the doctor had were unproved assumptions, and he couldn’t precisely say what amount did Jones took, when, or why, and that is when Jon Bones Jones and his team had the chance to expose their story. But things were just getting worse and worse…
Jon Bones Jones claimed he paid a lot more attention to the tests after his first suspension, and he hired a nutritionist, a wife of his BJJ coach, to help him with his diet and supplements. Jon Bones Jones claimed all his supplements were USADA approved, though it is known that USADA doesn’t approve supplements. He repeated the same incorrect statement few times!
Martha Shen-Urquidez was on the panel, and she asked Jones some tough questions about his honesty, bringing up his past brushes with the law. USADA doping control forms (DCF) questioning became critical. In each DCF, a fighter needs to write which medications or supplements he/she has taken recently. Fighters also need to sign that declaration is correct and complete.
Prior to UFC 200, Jon Bones Jones filled in the form, claiming he didn’t take any supplements or medications. However, his defense was that the test failure was caused by taking something he taught was a male enhancement pill.
When Jon Bones Jones started talking about his level of seriousness after the first failure, Martha delivered a world-class counter, claiming that Jones listed only seven supplements at his recent DCF, while 17 were discovered. Jones forgot to mention 10 supplements! Despite he had no explanation, his lawyer Howard Jacobs claimed the fighters were asked to list only the supplements they were taking during the last two weeks.
Jones dug his hole with the statement that he didn’t know a male enhancement pill could cause him to fail the test. Prior to that, he was claiming he learned a lot of lessons from the first USADA suspension. But he also claimed he didn’t speak to anybody from USADA before the first suspension, nor he had any education before the supplements before he failed the test. Wrong answer!
Martha Shen-Urquidez then claimed Jon Bones Jones signed the document which claims he has completed USADA’s online training about drug testing and supplements before he failed for the first time. Jones confessed his signature was forged, and he has never taken the test. When it comes to Jones’ answers, many things aren’t cleared, but looks like Jones hadn’t completed his test even now.
When Jon Bones Jones was asked whether he would change his management, he turned to his manager Malki Kawa, said yes… and then he said he was joking! What the hell? The panel isn’t joking, and Jones admitted his manager forged his signature and let him abdicate the responsibilities. Jones indirectly blamed lack of education for failing his first USADA test…
The panel claimed in the end that the people around Jon Bones Jones enabled him doing something illegal ways. Jones needs to show he has changed his management team when he comes to re-licensing. It means the former champ should change all the people in his team or he might face more serious problems in the future.
There is no doubt Jones’ team didn’t help him in reducing the suspension. There is one big problem here. None of the claims presented on Tuesday aren’t mitigating factors to reduce the length. What do you think, did Jon Bones Jones finally learned his lesson this time?