Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Endicott's Chandler and Arthur Jones are set to square off in this weekend's AFC Championship game, just two weeks after brother Jon defended his UFC light heavyweight title. But there's an unmistakable cloud around Jon after he tested positive for cocaine and checked into rehab last week.
Jones' mother, Camille, spoke to Action Sports in an exclusive interview.
"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."
His stay in the rehab facility lasted one night, but Jones said her son is continuing his education in the program.
"As far as treatment went. It was an overnight stay and then Jon, I believe, had the option of continuing," said Camille. "I think Jon decided to continue with the education of it all."
Camille also spoke about why her son entered the rehab program. According to her, it wasn't because he had a problem with cocaine, but because of the lifestyle he had adopted.
"It helped Jon to stop in the middle of his tracks before it became something serious. And then, you know, he just had to go to rehab for not so much for the cocaine, but it was for his lifestyle, his partying lifestyle after training," she said. "That's why he wanted to get all the information he can as far as drug addiction and how it starts and some of the tell-tail signs, just to make himself a better person."
According to Camille, the unannounced drug test came the day after Jon was hanging with 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?" Camille said. "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.
"You know, it did not affect his game, it was not in his system during the fight, so he's still a good athlete. So before something becomes serious of it, I was glad it was nipped in the bud."
Camille also revealed that Jon will be at the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday when his two brothers face off.
Action Sports reached out to Jon Jones's manager for comment, but the call has not been returned.