A History of Self-Sabotage:
8 Times Jon “Bones” Jones
Let the MMA World Down
By KARL R. De MESA
MMA can be full of drama, too.
Anybody who watched how returning contender Jon “Bones” Jones massacred interim light heavyweight champ Daniel “DC” Cormier with a head kick and a swarm of strikes at UFC214 last July 29, will also remember DC’s look of pure, pained disappointment in himself in his post-fight Octagon interview.
Just in case you needed reminding:
Now it has been reported and confirmed that Jones, arguably one of the best MMA practitioners in the history of the UFC and the sport and certainly the king of the LHW division, has turned up positive for a banned substance from a sample taken in-competition.
While the UFC has not yet stripped Jones of his belt, it has officially “provisionally suspended” him. Though his in-cage performance (other than that rusty, less than stellar fight against Ovince St. Preux) has always been masterful, his personal and off-cage conduct has been marred by a history of drug abuse, drag racing, and a car crash.
Critics and analysts have cited that Jones’s biggest enemy is indeed his own impulses and partying ways, greatly exacerbated by his lack of self-control. Presented here, with as little commentary as possible, is proof of it.
Let’s look back on the many ways Jones has sabotaged his legacy and career through the years. Cue Radiohead’s “Just.”
Hurling Off-Air Death Threats in Aug 2014
After a brawl against his opponent and rival Cormier at the UFC 178 media day face-offs Jones’ humble, subdued, and good Catholic boy image (Jones has a Philippians 4:13 tattoo) broke like a fragile glass case when, unaware their mics were still hot and recording, Jones suddenly engaged DC in trash talk in the vein of murderous thoughts.
Or read the transcript below:
JJ: “Hey pu**y, are you still there?”
DC: “I’m here, I’m here. You are just the fakest person. I actually admire that you can actually be this fake, and like, when the TV comes on, how you can just change. It’s like you’re a chameleon. It’s awesome.”
JJ: “Hey, listen. I’m a professional. That fact that you’re a pu**y —
DC: “It’s unbelievable. It’s unbelievable.”
JJ: “The fact that you’re a pu**y hasn’t changed, but I am a professional.”
DC: “It’s unbelievable how fake you can really be. Like, you are just such a f**king pussy. My god, it is amazing. It is amazing. But, you know, hats off to you. You’ve got a great P.R. person, they do a great job with training you because you are just terrible. You’re the f**king scum of the earth. You are a terrible human being, but you can sure turn it on, huh?”
JJ: “Thank you.”
DC: “God, you f**king —I wish they would let me next door so I could spit in your f**king face.”
JJ: “You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that, right?”
DC: “You could never kill me.”
JJ: “Oh, I bet you I could.”
DC: “Then you should try, Jon. You really should try, Jon.”
JJ: “I would literally kill you if you spit in my face.”
DC: “Yeah, let’s try that, Jon.”
JJ: “Literally kill you.”
DC: “Let’s try that, Jon.”
JJ: “I’m not saying I would fight you. I said I would kill you if you did some silly s**t like that.”
DC: “Jon, do you think I’m just going to sit there and let you kill me, Jon? I mean really?”
Testing Positive for Cocaine in December 2014
I bet he just like the smell of it pic.twitter.com/RoJTHsy6Wo
— noad lahat (@Neo_MMA) January 7, 2015
Jones failed an out of competition USADA drug test where the results came back prior to UFC182 where he defended his title for an eighth consecutive time after defeating Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision at the January 3, 2015 event. He was randomly tested on Dec. 4, and results came back on Dec. 23. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite. And the internet exploded with the memes of Bones’s face and more “Jon, get the yeyo!” jokes that lasted months.
Doing a 1-Day Rehab Stint in January 2015
Almost everybody was hopeful and supportive of Jones (except Nate Diaz, you mad bro?) when he decided to deal with his drug problem and enter rehab. Dana White, UFC president, also breathed a sigh of relief that damage control was due his star performer.
Then we found out he only spent one day at the rehabilitation facility. Why? Three words from the doctor: “out-patient treatment.” It was confirmed by his mother, Camille Jones, when she spoke to WBNG Action Sports: “I’m glad that this happened to Jon, this stopped him in his tracks, this let him know that he may need to change some friends, you know, because everyone is not for you for the best.” No shit, mom.
And Jones’s takeaway from that experience? Jones told Fox Sports: “So I went to a rehab facility and I did a 24-hour evaluation, where I spoke to three doctors for almost seven hours. We talked about drugs and the role they’ve played in my life and my upbringing. They came to the conclusion that I didn’t need in-patient treatment, so they put me in an out-patient house. I stayed there the next day with a bunch of different addicts. The counselor came to me at the house and he set me down and he said, ‘Jon, I really believe that you made a big mistake and that you don’t need to live here with us full time, but what I will do is continue to drug test you and to come by your house twice a week, or however often.'”
Hit-and-Run of a Pregnant Woman in April 2015
Just when things were looking up, a rental car crash in Albuquerque made headlines when it was found out that a man, according to the police report, fitting Jon Jones’ description left the scene of the crash and the silver SUV that had collided with a pregnant woman’s vehicle. Same man was seen stopping and then returning to the car to grab a “large handful of cash.” Said man then “shoved the cash into his pants” and continued to flee.
That man was indeed Mr. Jones. And the pregnant woman? “She did suffer a broken arm. That is confirmed.” If you watch the footage above of the police’s body cam search of the rental car, you’ll note that they do find a marijuana pipe with marijuana inside it—albeit no other drugs were found. Jones was charged with leaving the scene of a crime and he pled guilty afterwards.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Jones confessed about the accident that “I just stepped on the gas when I saw the green light and I found myself driving right into oncoming traffic…” and that he “freaked out” and fled the scene because he assumed the police would think he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
“I just felt to myself, man, I went out last night, I haven’t been home yet, I probably still smell like the night before. I need to get myself out of here,” Jones said. “This is gonna be terrible, this is gonna be messy. I gotta go. I was afraid, man. I freaked out. I was afraid to talk to the police at the time. So, I just thought I had to get away from this…I got like five yards away from the car and I remember that I had a bowl, a marijuana bowl in my cup holder,” Jones said. “And so I knew that if the police found that bowl in my car, then everything was going to be so much worse than I thought it should be. And so I ran back, glanced at the cup holder, and the bowl had flown somewhere in the car and I just took off running again.”
At least we know, Jones’s cardio was still up to par.