By all indications, Jon Jones’ team plans to argue, and demonstrate that a tainted product the fighter took is behind his latest USADA flag, but Miesha Tate doesn’t believe that defense is really valid any longer.
Since it was revealed that Jones’ tested positive for the anabolic steroid, Turinabol, at UFC 214, his agent’s argued that the former light-heavyweight champ never knowingly took any PED. In addition, Jones’ camp has pointed to other tests he passed, and the embattled star himself, has denied taking steroids.
Last year, when Jones tested positive for banned substances, his team was able to prove that a contaminated, sexual performance enhancement pill he took also included those substances. So, it appears that a similar defense will be tabled this time around as well.
“You’re either clean or you’re not. There is no gray zone when it comes to full contact sports, period,” Tate said. “I don’t care if USADA says, Miesha, don’t eat Cheerios the week of your fight. Guess what, I ain’t eating Cheerios. That’s the rules. They make it so the sport is safe and clean, and we need to follow them.”
“You know the rules directly ahead of time,” Tate added. “USADA hands out pamphlets, tons of information. They make it very very easy. If you have a question, if there’s anything that a doctor prescribes you, you have phone numbers, you have a website. You can run it through a number of people to verify if this is a safe product or not.”
“…I sent all my supplements to USADA to have them cleared, and they’re happy to do that. And that gives me the reassurance because I don’t want to accidentally take something.”
Tate’s argument here is pretty spot on. Even if Jones is able to show that a product he took contained Turinabol, he received a one year suspension last year, for being reckless, in terms of what he ingested. So, there’s a very good chance that Jones could be hit with a multiyear suspension.
Jones July 29th win over Daniel Cormier was overturned to a no-contest as a result of the USADA flag, and the latter’s been reinstated as the 205 champ.