Jon Jones: “I Still Drink And Smoke Pot Once In A While, I Was Striving For Complete Sobriety, But I Am Not Ready For It”
Jon Jones is one of the best fighters in the history of UFC. Yet, he has a dark side. “Bones” have never lived like a true athlete. He was even openly talking about his alcohol and cocaine issues earlier.
During UFC “Summer Kickoff” press conference, on May 12, 2017, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champ shocked the public. Jon Jones confessed that he earned a decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 after “a weekend on cocaine”.
Yet, the former champion made some positive changes. He voluntarily checked into a rehab-trauma center. Jon Jones was even visiting the counselor three times per week! Yet, Jones confessed he couldn’t completely turn his back to drinking and smoking pot. (via MMAMania.com)
“No, I still drink and smoke pot, too, every once in a while,” he said during a recent interview in Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I’m in a very healthy place. I mean, who knows. My coaches know I drink. Not like a crazy, crazy amount. Some weekends, mainly on the weekends.”
Jones has temporarily put his therapy sessions on hold. He plans to continue after the fight versus “The Mauler”. Jones admitted that he wasn’t ready to stick to complete sobriety.
“It was something I was striving for, especially going to rehab this summer. I was striving for complete sobriety. But, I am not ready for it,” Jones admitted. “It is not who I was and it’s not who I am in my life or career. And I am at a place where I can be honest with myself. But, being in there definitely matured me a lot,” he concluded while saying he found all of the help of the trauma center helpful in more ways than one and would like to spend some time in a similar facility once a year moving forward just to center himself.
Jon Jones also promised he’d stop drinking and smoking pot during the next few weeks. His clash versus Alexander Gustafsson is set for December 29th, 2018, in “Sin City”. What do you think, can Jon Jones change his bad habits?