Last night, it was reported that Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, and brother of UFC fighter Jon Jones, was hospitalized following a pill overdose. Today, much more information regarding the incident has come to light and it is now being reported that Jones actually had a reaction to synthetic marijuana. Chris Gasper of The Boston Globe tweeted about it:
Source with knowledge of the situation confirms it was synthetic marijuana that caused Chandler Jones' bad reaction and hospitalization.
— Christopher Gasper (@cgasper) January 13, 2016
Heavy.com put together the audio of the police and medical dispatch. Apparently Jones came into the Foxboro Police Station in a confused state, and he “required medical and mental evaluation”. One of the officers made this statement in the audio:
“I got his keys off the kitchen table, I was able to lock the front door. If you want to just pass along to the fire, he was definitely involved with class D delta before this happened, just so they know.”
As per an SBNation article, synthetic marijuana isn’t on the NFL’s banned substance list, but can lead to a player being placed in the league’s substance abuse program. This incident comes after brother Jon’s positive cocaine test a year ago, and his confession to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he was “addicted to marijuana” a few months ago.
The Patriots have confirmed that Chandler has missed no team functions and has been at practice every day.