Jon Jones wants his fans to know that he made a poor choice, but he doesn't have a drug problem.
The UFC light heavyweight champion spoke to Fox Sports 1 in an interview which aired Monday night, which was the first time he has publicly talked since testing positive for cocaine last month.
"I had done it quite a few times in college, I had experimented with it, but that's really it. It has never been an issue," Jones told Fox Sports 1, as reported by ESPN. "My friends and family know that there's no room in my life to be a cocaine addict.
"I don't know what came over me to make such a poor choice, but I did and now I live with it," he added. "The whole situation has been embarrassing. Cocaine is such a dirty drug. I've had to explain to so many people that I'm not a cocaine addict — I'm not even a frequent user. I just made a really dumb decision. I really got caught with my pants down in this whole situation, and there's no excuse for it."
Jones added that he knew he would test positive for drug use, which in fact happened during a random urine test on December 4 conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Jones is currently considered one of the faces of UFC, sporting a 21-1 record.
After voluntarily checking into a rehab program, Jones says he will continue being tested for drugs weekly and have a counselor visit at least twice a week. There's no timetable for Jones's return.
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