Jessica Eye issues public apology after failed drug test surfaces
FEB 11, 2014 1:24p ET
UFC fighter Jessica Eye has been caught in a storm of controversy over the last week stemming from a drug test result following her fight at UFC 166 against Sarah Kaufman.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) overturned her win against Kaufman to a no decision, but following the announcement, Eye and her management team stated on several occasions that they were blind sided by this news and had no idea why the commission made this change.
On Monday, officials from the TDLR released documents signed and dated from Eye on January 15 that proved she was aware of a positive drug test for cannabinoids (marijuana) and accepted the fine and punishment that went along with the result. Eye had stated ever since the initial announcement was made that she was unaware of anything happening with the commission and she planned to appeal the decision.
Her signed admission to the penalty stated she had waived her right to a hearing in the matter as well.
Now a day later, Eye has taken to her Instagram account to offer an apology for everything that transpired over the last 10 days.
"No one is more disappointed about this than I am," Eye wrote. "I take this personally and hold myself accountable. I am sorry to everyone."
Eye is fighting next weekend at UFC 170 where she will face Alexis Davis in the featured bout on the preliminary card airing on FOX Sports 1. Since the news of her failed test surfaced on Monday, Eye has not done any interviews or made any other public statements outside of the Instagram post on Tuesday.
The punishment handed down from Texas only included a fine for $1875 and a probated suspension that asks Eye to inform the commission of any upcoming fights as well as submit any other drug test results.
An infraction, should it occur, during her probation period would result in a six-month suspension from fighting.