Jonathan Dwight Jones, an American martial artist and a three-time Light Heavyweight Champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently failed a dope test, the second time round, that has put his career at stake. His backup sample confirmed the presence of Turinabol, a banned substance, in his system, media reports said.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which is the anti-doping partner of the UFC, just confirmed that the second sample of Jones also returned the same results as the first. Just three weeks ago, Jones had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. Ironically, he reclaimed his UFC title the next day after testing positive for the first time, by knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC- 214.
In his response to the USADA’s drug test, Jones said that he had not taken any banned substances knowingly. His team is currently investigating the matter and trying to find out how the banned substance entered his system. They suspect sabotage as it is very common in sports where such hidden vilification occurs, especially in competitive genres. His team is also investigating the possibility of tainted supplements, which is crucial to his defense.
This is not the first time that Jones has come under the radar of the law enforcement agencies. Last year, UFC had to pull him out of a bout since he had tested positive for numerous anti-estrogenic agents. He later defended himself saying that the substances entered his system from a contaminated sexual enhancement pill. This resulted in his suspension for a year on charges of negligence.
In April 2015, Jones had lost the light heavyweight title, after an arrest on felony charges of a hit-and-run incident. In November 2016, he had lost his interim title on charges of taking the off-brand Cialis pills. It has been a tumultuous period for him with the title stripping, arrest and ban, and re-test for using banned substances.
Many, like UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, want Jones to be banned for life. Sportspersons are notorious for taking performance-enhancing drugs to outperform the competition in their chosen fields. However, it is illegal to do so. Sometimes, players take them deliberately, and at other times, they become victims of a conspiracy, when someone tries to damage their reputation or unknowingly. In either case, a player is most likely to face a ban, depending on the severity of the dosage. When players repeatedly face such charges, then it becomes a serious issue and authorities may decide to take the ultimate decision of a life ban.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs has been observed since the 1960s. Sportspersons use anabolic steroids or stimulants, which are natural and synthetic substances that help in building muscle mass. Using steroids enables them to be able to train harder and recover faster from strenuous workouts. Looking at the problem of doping in sports, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) came into existence in 1999, to overlook such matters.
Even more ominous than abuse, is dependence on stimulants. Drug addiction is a grave problem the world over. Overdose deaths have been perpetually on the rise. America has been under the grip of an opioid epidemic for quite some time now. Addiction has killed more people than wars and other mishaps worldwide and especially in the U.S.
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