In September of last year, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones told members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission that he had lost his Nike endorsement due to a brawl with Daniel Cormier which occurred during a press event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
This past week, Jones backtracked from his previous statement, and now (according to MMAFighting.com) the Nevada deputy attorney general is reviewing whether or not Jones perjured himself under oath at the hearing.
NAC executive director Bob Bennett said the commission is aware of Jones’ comments prior to UFC 182 and the matter has been sent “up the ladder” for further review:
“They’re considering it for review,” Bennett said. “It’s nothing new to us.”
“It would be concerning if anyone lied during testimony.”
The news comes as yet another threat to the champs already sketchy reputation. As earlier this week, it was announced that Jones had tested positive for cocaine metabolites after being randomly drug tested by the NSAC on December 4, 2014.
It was during a media call that took place last week that Jones decided to backtrack on his claims that he lost his Nike sponsorship due to the Cormier brawl:
“When I was in front of the commission, I definitely worded it wrong,” Jones said. “Nike did not drop me because of that fight and I kind of owe an apology to Nike for saying they dropped me because of the fight. They actually didn’t. Nike has been known to support its athletes through much worse things than a brawl in the middle of MGM [Grand].”
Jones attempted to clarify his statements following the UFC 182 open workouts:
“I had like thousands of dollars of credit left on my Nike account that I never got to spend,” Jones said. “I had several months of monthly revenue money that I never got to receive. … So I lost several thousand dollars because of that fight, so technically that fight was the reason for thousands of dollars being out of my bank that I couldn’t receive. So technically, they have nothing to come back on me for.”
Whether the NSAC will go after Jones for purjery remains to be seen.