The UFC Light heavyweight champ Jon “BONES” Jones has been stripped of his title this week because he has been accused of leaving the scene of and accident. Jones was sought as a “person of interest” in the hit-and-run accident, but the Albuquerque police eventually upgraded him to a suspect before issuing a warrant for his arrest on felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident. Jones eventually surrendered to police on Monday before being released on $2,500 bond as reported by Damon Martin of FOX SPORTS.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement on Tuesday night when he met with the champ to discuss the details of the allegations before the decision was made. White said he finally spoke to Jones on Tuesday to get his side of the story before the promotion took any action against him,”His lawyer didn’t have him say much”.
But this is not the first time Jon as the champion belt holder has been under the spotlight for his out of the octagon behavior.
In May 2012, Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge and avoided jail time.
In early December 2014, Jones tested positive for metabolites of cocaine while training for his bout against Daniel Cormier. Jones was allowed to compete because the test was conducted out of competition, and he beat Cormier at UFC 182.
Jan 6 2015, he checked into rehab for a one day stay
In addition, Reebok terminated Jones’ endorsement contract, effective immediately, Wednesday morning. Jones had lost his deal with Nike after a mutual split in September 2014.
Here are the words of Dana White as reported by Shaun Al-Shatti of SB NATION “Obviously he’s one of our biggest stars,” White said. “He was on his way to becoming one of the greatest ever, and he’s got some legal problems he’s got to deal with now. So we suspended him, stripped him of the title, and he’s got some work to do outside of the sport. Then we’ll decide when he comes back.”
Whats does Jones need to do next?
Get off drugs and clean his act up clear and simply. Not just a one day stay in rehab and skip out of there thinking that all is well. He really needs to live up to his words and do that soul searching. He has a lot of talent and simply allowing it to waste away. Good Luck Bones !