By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A fan who purchased four tickets to July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event in Las Vegas, which was expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight title unification bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, is taking “Bones” and his management team to court.
BloodyElbow is reporting that on August 19, Sean Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against Jones and his managers, First Round Management, for concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence relating to the interim champ’s flagged drug test results and subsequent removal from July’s UFC 200 fight card in Las Vegas.
Here is what BloodyElbow discovered about the filed complaint:
According to the complaint, Slattery is an MMA fan who purchased tickets to UFC 200 “for the express purpose” of watching Jones. He alleges, “Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein. In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”
Slattery goes on to allege that Jones and First Round Management “created a duty” to the ticket-buying public to act reasonably in advance of his fight, “…including but not limited to refraining from the administration of banned substances to Jones or failure to disclose prescription medication to testing officials, and/or taking measures to ensure that ostensibly non-banned supplement mixtures did not in fact did contain banned substances.”
Jon Jones is currently under suspension from USADA for his failed UFC 200 drug test. The current UFC interim light heavyweight champion is hopeful that the suspension will be lifted soon and that he will return to the octagon in the near future.
What do you think of Sean Slattery’s lawsuit against Jon Jones and his management team?