Last weekend former UFC champ Jon Jones was back in the news as USADA announced that they have cut his sentence by 30 months due to the “Snitching” clause in the USADA program. Jon Jones’s manager Malki Kawa did a media tour today on the MMA Hour and Ariel Helwani’s podcast where he claimed that Jones did “not” snitch (Video Above):
“I can just tell you without a shadow of a doubt that Jon did not tell on any teammate. Jon did not tell on anyone in MMA. Jon did not do anything that these people are saying he did. So all that, ‘He’s a snitch’ and all that stuff, we can put it to bed. He did not do that. There’s other things that took place in here. There’s other things that Jon did with himself. There’s things that USADA – and the arbitrator and everyone involved – got from Jon about Jon that they had never had before.”
“It’s not like Jon sits in a room somewhere and watches people do steroids, and then he’s like, ‘Hey man, guess what, my teammate over here is doing steroids. Jon goes and trains, gets his stuff, and he goes home. He doesn’t take a shower there. He doesn’t really hang out there. He comes in, does his thing, and he leaves. So he doesn’t sit there and hang out like that, or would know about anyone that does that. He doesn’t do that. So when people say these things, to me, it’s a funny thing. I’m assuming if Jon’s name comes up in something, and he was to know something, he would have to be cooperative with them. But I don’t know of a deal where it’s like, ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to’ – I don’t know about that. That’s not how it went down. I don’t want to assume anything or have this turn into a disaster all of a sudden. But from what I understand, a lot of the stuff they were talking about had to do with him – not other people.”
USADA wrote a statement and sent it to MMA Junkie in response to Kawa’s statements citing rule 10.6.1.1. and she also repeated the agreement that Jones’ reduction is contingent on his continued cooperation.:
USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich:
“Importantly, if the athlete or support personnel fails to continue to cooperate and provide credible substantial assistance, USADA will reinstate the original sanction,” Eurich said. “These rules set out in 10.6.1.1 are crystal clear, and if they are not met, an individual would not be considered for a reduction based on substantial assistance.” The “substantial assistance” rule in the UFC anti-doping program allows USADA to “suspend all or part” of a potential suspension for providing information “which results in a criminal or disciplinary body discovering or bringing forward a criminal offense or the breach of professional rules committed by another person.”
How much time a fighter is discounted depends on “the seriousness of the anti-doping policy violation committed by the athlete or other person, and the significance of the substantial assistance provided by the athlete or other person to the effort to eliminate doping in sport,” the rule states. According to a deal signed between USADA and Jones five days prior to arbitration, the anti-doping agency notes “Bones” must continue to cooperate to make the reduction permanent, though it does not specify a time frame.
Eurich declined to provide details on the nature of Jones’ assistance because it relates to “ongoing matters.”