UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Not Done Partying?

UFC 165 Fallout: Jones Defends Belt Against GustafssonIt has been reported that on early Sunday morning, an eye witness saw UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones strike another vehicle with his own, before fleeing from the scene of the accident. Initially, the Champion was only wanted for questioning, but now his status has been upgraded to that of a suspect. No warrants have been planned to be issued by the Albuquerque Police Department, who are currently trying to reach Jones in an attempt to get his side of the story. They have been to his house, but he was not home. While they will not be issuing a warrant, they will however issue a summons to appear in court, and should Jones fail to appear before a judge in time, that is when the warrant for his arrest will be issued. The driver of the vehicle Jones struck has been reported to be a pregnant woman, though no information about her, nor her stage of pregnancy have been released. It seems clear to me that “Bones” has not put his partying days behind him. I can’t get myself to give him the benefit of the doubt here, and I don’t see anybody else being able to, either. Jones’ stint in rehab was clearly a joke following the revelation of his failed out of competitions drug test for cocaine, and the promotion knew it. They gave him no real punishment and made no real effort to get him serous rehabilitation treatment. I think this alleged hit and run is as much the UFC’s fault as it is Jones’ because of how much freedom they have been giving their Champion. Jones has clearly been abusing alcohol and drugs, and even worse, he’s gotten behind the wheel afterwards. We live in the age of Uber, so there are no excuses for anyone, especially a multi-millionaire like Jones. It has just been one very poor decision followed by another with this guy. Having just tested positive for cocaine and with a DUI charge in recent memory, there are plenty of reason to speculate as to why he allegedly chose to flee from the scene of the accident and hopefully get away; and if not, deal with the consequences later. History has shown Jones that consequences don’t really apply to him, so it’s easy to understand why he allegedly made the choice he made. With Jones’ status being upgraded to a suspect following the day full of rumors, the UFC has finally released an official statement: “We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.” At this point, Jones’ UFC 187 main event title fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is still intact according to the promotion. However, that could very well change in the coming days or even hours as details develop. Update: It’s being reported that the woman Jones struck suffered a broken arm, then fled the scene on foot. Jones will likely be charged with felony hit and run. There was also a marijuana pipe with marijuana still in the car as well as paperwork identifying Jones.

Written by Gabe Killian

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