News of Jon Jones being flagged by USADA for a second potential Anti-Doping Policy violation erupted through media outlets on Tuesday.
The news broke a little less than one month after Jones finished Cormier in dominant fashion at UFC 214 in July to win the UFC light heavyweight championship title. The MMA community reacted to the news with Daniel Cormier likely having the most mixed emotionson the situation.
Fighters, pundits, and fans immediately took sides to the allegation and Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa released a profound statement on Wednesday that gave some sound advice for everyone to take in.
Post from Kawa’s Facebook profile:
THE AMOUNT OF HATE THAT EVERYONE HAS TOWARDS JON JONES WITH OUT ANY DUE PROCESS IS BEYOND ME. THE MESSAGES I KEEP GETTING SAYING TO “DROP HIM” OR “DON’T TAKE UP FOR HIM” GOES TO SHOW ME HOW LOW THIS SOCIETY IS.
I STAND WITH BONES!
FOR ANYONE TO THINK I WOULD “DROP” HIM LIKE HIM AND I AREN’T BROTHERS IS STUPID.
I KNOW HOW HARD HE WORKED TO GET BACK TO WHERE HE’S AT. THIS IS DEFINITELY HEARTBREAKING. HE DEF DIDN’T CHEAT OR USE STEROIDS. BUT I’M WITH HIM MORE NOW THAN THE NIGHT HE WON THE BELT…. BEING THERE FOR THE GOOD TIMES IS WHAT EVERYBODY WOULD DO. BUT WHO’S REALLY THERE WHEN TIMES GET BAD?
I HOPE THAT YOU PEOPLE PICK YOUR FRIENDS, WIVES/HUSBANDS AND CLOSE CONFIDANTS BASED ON REAL STUFF. NOT WHO CAN CELEBRATE WHEN YOU’RE ON TOP. I’M NOT SURE WHY THIS IS HAPPENING TO HIM AGAIN, OR HOW EVEN, BUT WE’LL GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT.
TO THOSE OF YOU THAT TRULY SUPPORT MY BROTHER AND I, THANK YOU! TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SAY “DROP HIM” YOU’RE NOT DOING ME ANY FAVORS BY SAYING THAT. YOU’RE NOT MY FRIEND NOR MY FAMILY. SO A BIG “FUCK YOU” TO YOU AND YOUR “SUPPORT”
Under USADA’s policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to Jon Jones before any sanctions are imposed.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 8/23/2017.