MMA Star Jon Jones was arrested early Thursday morning and is being charged with aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, and possession of an open container. Albuquerque police were dispatched to the area of 3rd Street and Central Avenue just after 1 a.m. in response to gunshots fired. Officers reportedly found the current UFC light heavyweight champion in his vehicle. He initially denied having anything to do with the gunshots however officers searched his vehicle, and reportedly found a handgun and a 750ml bottle of Recuerd (Tequila).
Jones has had his troubles with drug and the law during his career. He previously found himself in legal trouble due to a hit-and-run, and more recently, due to a battery charge stemming from an April, 2019 incident involving a cocktail waitress.
Read some of the reactions from other fighters and members of the MMA community below.
For the life of me I can’t figure out why he doesn’t hire a buddy and pay him $50k a year to be his driver https://t.co/VcTyztKiVG
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 26, 2020
Jon Jones *allegedly* driving around firing off rounds with an open bottle of Masvidal’s new mezcal during a pandemic. You can’t even write this shit.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 26, 2020
Obviously as a recovery/addiction advocate I sympathize with Jon here, but at the same time at one point or another its black and white… either learn from your mistakes and set a good example, especially with the size of the platform he has, or fuck it all up… https://t.co/nP9tHg5yCS
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) March 26, 2020
Nice to see a bit of normality in this crazy time https://t.co/CyCG6pjG4M
— Peter Queally (@peterqueally) March 26, 2020
just once, why can’t the headlines be something like “UFC Fighter Jon Jones Saves Kitten Orphanage from Crooked Landlord” pic.twitter.com/jxF4L8ixKs
— Jon Jones (@jonjones) March 26, 2020