Morning Roundup: CSAC revokes Jon Jones's MMA license, issues fine
The California State Athletic Commission has revoked Jon Jones’ mixed martial arts license and fined him $205,000 after his failed doping test last year.
The decision against the former UFC light heavyweight champion was made Tuesday after a hearing in Anaheim.
The ruling means Jones’ remarkable MMA career is still on hold indefinitely, pending additional disciplinary action by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency later this year.
Jones tested positive for a steroid in a test administered shortly before his victory over former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29. The test failure was the second of his MMA career, and the California commission’s fine is 40 percent of his disclosed $500,000 purse, plus an additional $5,000.
The 30-year-old Jones (22-1, 1 no-contest) vehemently denied taking any steroids knowingly, but couldn’t explain how the failure occurred.
USADA, which administers the UFC’s drug testing policy, could hit Jones with a four-year suspension later this year due to his status as a repeat offender under its anti-doping policy. Jones also failed a drug test in 2016 and received a one-year suspension after arbitration.
Source: NFL to demand $2M from Jerry Jones
A person with knowledge of the situation says the NFL is exploring options to get more than $2 million in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over his threat to derail Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension and his support of running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension.
Many owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the matter hasn’t been addressed publicly.
Some of the finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell’s deal.
The attempt at restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action.
SDSU’s Pope cleared to play after investigation
San Diego State senior forward Malik Pope was cleared by the school to play in Tuesday night’s home game against Boise State after the school said it determined he didn’t receive impermissible benefits.
Pope, the Aztecs’ leading scorer and rebounder, was held out of last Saturday night’s game at San Jose State after his name appeared in documents that are part of a federal investigation into college basketball corruption. The documents were obtained by Yahoo Sports.
Papa John’s no longer an official sponsor of NFL
Papa John’s is ending its recently stormy role as an official sponsor of the NFL.
Officials at the pizza chain said Tuesday that the two sides agreed to end the relationship, which became strained last year when its founder John Schnatter criticized NFL leadership over national anthem protests by players.
Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at Papa John’s on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. The company later apologized for the remarks and Schnatter stepped down as CEO at the end of last year.
FROM WIRE REPORTS