As many of you already know, Jon Jones was arrested last Saturday after his Bentley struck a telephone pole. The UFC lightheavyweight champion was charged with DWI in Upstate New York early Saturday morning, following the crash. The news of Jones’ arrest came to a shock to many of us, due to the way the UFC and media outlets have portrayed the champ.
Jones has said on multiple occasions that he wishes to be a role model for today’s youth and is a self proclaimed devoted Christian. Not to say Jones is incapable of making a mistake but the news was jaw dropping because all the success that has surrounded him lately. Jones skyrocketed himself to super-stardom and is on a streak very rarely seen in the UFC. Jones did make a very big mistake and will now have to face his problems and let the legal system take its toll.
“He will address everyone soon. He’s going to have an official statement from him, and something’s going to come directly from him. He’ll address everybody and talk directly, and do all that when he’s ready to do it I’m sure,” Stated Malki Kawa, Jones’ manager, when speaking with MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday.
Jones received no physical injuries during the accident, after a rumored bloody and broken nose surfaced from a deployed airbag. Kawa, again dismissed the rumors and said he is doing just fine.
“He’s okay. Obviously, I really can’t say much. I’m not going to comment too much on it. We hope that the fans and the media will give Jon a chance to gather his thoughts together, and get everything he needs to get together, and you guys will be hearing from Jon directly,” Kawa stated.
“He’s not hurt or anything like that, that’s a good thing about it, but it’s an unfortunate situation. We’ll get him through it.”
After the wreck Jones has been mum on the situation and his manager is pleading the fans and media to be patient and insists his client is in no way attempting to sweep the accident under the rug.
“I would just kind of like to let the fans know to give him a chance. Give yourself a chance to get all the facts in yourselves, wait until everything gets said and done and then at that point if you want to vilify him afterwards and you heard him speak and you heard him say his part and then vilify him, I can’t control what people are going to say. But it is too soon, it is too quick in my opinion. He really is a decent guy, he’s a very, very good guy, trying his hardest to be a good role model, a good example and he wants to be that. No one’s perfect and he’s never said he was and never said that he doesn’t make mistakes. It’s a fact he made a mistake, he messed up and I’m sure he’s going to come out and apologize and do what he’s got to do.”
Some have speculated if the UFC will take any disciplinary action against Jones and his upcoming bout against Dan Henderson. As far as Kawa is concerned, Jones fighting career will go on as scheduled.
“I don’t know if the UFC will do anything about it, and as of right now Jon hasn’t said anything about not fighting on Sept 1,” said Kawa. “So as far as I’m concerned from what I know, the fight still will go forward.”
Kawa went on to say that Jones is not avoiding the situation and will indeed stand up and face his problems like a man.
“No one’s running from anything, at the end of the day he’s a man, he’s going to stand up like a man, but there’s obviously legal advisors involved, processes involved and he’s just going through it right now. I can promise you that he’s trying his hardest not to stay quiet and not address the concerns, he’d like to,” Kawa stated.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FOX 2, ufc on fox 3, UFC on Fuel, UFC on FX