Manager: 'I can almost bet my life' Jones is victim of tainted supplement
Malki Kawa is confident he knows the cause of Jon Jones' failed drug test from UFC 214.
He is so confident, he would be willing to bet almost everything.
Kawa, the manager for the embroiled UFC star, expressed both shock and irritation during an interview with The MMA Hour on Wednesday, and stated with clarity that he believes he knows exactly what caused Jones to test positive, according to Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com.
“I can almost bet my life on it that this is another tainted supplement,” Kawa said.
“The problem that we’re having with that is that he passes all of the random tests, but then the one test that we know about, the one that we for sure know about, is the one that we fail? So, something here is not sitting right. I’m assuming it’s the supplements we took. We just obviously got to get to work on it, see what was taken that month, that three-week period, that week of the fight, and figure it out from there.”
Kawa did confirm that Turinabol was the anabolic steroid found in Jones' initial sample, and that he plans to send "an expert" to make sure Jones' B sample is taken and examined with the utmost care.
“It’s amazing that you can go from being at the very top of the mountain, everything that you can possibly do to gain the respect the admiration of everyone involved, fans, family members, the people in the UFC, just everyone, teammates, other fighters, and then to go from that, everything he’s been through to finally doing everything perfect - because last time he was being negligent, right? - this time he was being perfect and double-checking everything to (prevent) something like this from happening to him," Kawa said.
"It’s unbelievable, it’s unreal, and we’re all pretty much shocked. We’re all shocked and devastated.”