UFC VP of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky clarifies latest on Jon Jones’ case

October 11, 2017 12:55 pm by Russell Ess
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Jon Jones is still going through the process of his potential anti-doping violation stemming from his UFC 214 weigh-in sample.

Jones’ UFC 214 weigh-in samples tested positive for the steroid Turinabol just after coming back from his one-year suspension with admitting to taking a tainted sexual enhancement pill.

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Jeff Novitzky, UFC VP of athlete health and performance recently gave some insight on Jones’ case and the actual possibility of “Bones” having a short suspension or none at all.

Novitzsky gave a statement to MMA Fighting wanting to clarify what he recently said on Bruce Buffer’s podcast.

“The headline and corresponding article took excerpts from an interview I did last week, where I was asked about the status of Jon Jones’ pending case,” Novitzky wrote in the statement. “I indicated that Jon’s camp, the UFC and USADA were all working hard and together to determine the source of the prohibited substance in Jon’s system. That is still the case.

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“I stated that this is often a lengthy process that can take up to several months to complete, but that possible sanctions based on the findings of a completed case ranged from a multi-year suspension, to a minimal, or no-fault sanction, if an unavoidable ingestion of the prohibited substance was determined.”

With the statement, Novitsky wanted to clarify the different possibilities of what the outcome could be to Jones’ case and that “he was not insinuating anything” with the current status of the case.

“While all parties are hoping to find evidence of the unintentional or unavoidable use of the prohibited substance, at no time during the interview did I indicate that there were developments leading in that direction, as was the inference of the headline,” Novitzky said.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/11/2017.


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