Jon Jones has reportedly already left rehab. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Jon Jones’ stint in a New Mexico drug treatment facility lasted only one day, according to a report from WBNG 12 in New York.
Camille Jones, the mother of the UFC light heavyweight champion, told the station that her son spent just one night in rehab after testing positive for cocaine metabolites during a Dec. 4 drug test ahead of his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.
Camille said the test occurred one day after Jones was with some friends and “did something he shouldn’t have done.”
"When he tested positive, my first question was, do you have a problem, a serious problem?" she told WBNG 12. "And then he told me what happened. Jon is usually very honest with me, so he told me what happened. I was like, good for you....good. You needed to be caught; it was just timing.”
According to Camille, Jones is planning on attending the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. Jones’ older brother Arthur is a defensive end for the Colts, while his younger brother Chandler is a defensive end for the Patriots.
Camille said that while that positive test is a good thing for her son, “it did not affect his game” on Jan. 3, when the Jackson-Wink MMA product earned a five-round verdict over Cormier in Las Vegas.
"I'm glad that this happened to Jon; this stopped him in his tracks, this let him know that he may need to change some friends, you know, because everyone is not for you for the best," said Camille Jones. "So this is a good thing as far as our family is concerned, so we wasn't upset. Me and my husband considered it a blessing from God that our child was able to be helped and know that he need to stop and know that he needed the assistance to stop before it came to something worse."
The 205-pound king has not yet made any public comment on his abbreviated stay in the facility. Shortly after news of his drug test became public, Jones released a statement to Yahoo Sports though his attorney.
“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancée, my children, as well as my mother, father, and brothers for the mistake that I made,” Jones said. “I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time my family and I would appreciate privacy.”
UFC President Dana White then said he was “proud” of Jones for his decision to seek help.
“I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is,” White said.
Jones has defended the light heavyweight title eight consecutive times. According to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times, he is expected to defend his belt against the Alexander Gustafsson-Anthony Johnson winner at an event on July 11.