“I hate to see someone who I consider probably one of the greatest fighters of all time, make these mistakes. Because now you’re always going to have these thoughts in your mind like ‘Jon was good, but was he always cheating? Was he cheating then? Would he cheat now?’ All these questions and it’s like how great really was he? It’s something that can make you think. He didn’t look great against OSP, was he not on something? These are all questions you have to ask.”
-Rashad Evans questions Jon Jones’ legacy after his USADA test failure in an interview with FoxSports.com.
Penick’s Analysis: It’s absolutely reasonable to question the extent of Jones’ use despite his denials. It’s been seen time and again throughout the history of sports, and even if he’s relatively “exonerated” with a finding of a tainted supplement, he’s probably never going to be seen as a wholly clean fighter again. Some may choose to believe he’s done something to get an edge throughout his career no matter what comes out of his appeal. Others may give him the benefit of the doubt. It’s impossible to know for sure, which means questions will remain for however much longer he continues to compete.
[Rashad Evans art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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