It seems the media circus that is Jon Jones continues to dazzle and amaze. Just not in the way he was prefer, I’m sure (at least you would think).
24 hours removed from announcing on the MMA Hour that he had received 5 tickets last week from an Albuquerque Police Officer during a traffic stop, Jon Jones was arrested and taken into custody at 10 a.m. local time. He was arrested by officers from Probation & Parole and taken to the detention center. Jones remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon and no bail has been set.
Jones was pulled over in his vehicle by an officer from the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday night and given five tickets, including one for drag racing. Jones denied in a video released by the Albuquerque Police Department that he was racing , and further denied any wrong doing during an appearance on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. An emotional Jones could be heard on the body camera video, worn by the ABQ officer, cursing at the officer and att one point, Jones called the cop a “f*cking liar” and a “pig.”
Jones was ticketed for drag racing, having a loud, modified exhaust on his car, an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving, an APD spokesperson confirmed. None of these tickets would not normally have resulted in an arrest. However, Jones was on probation after pleading guilty to a felony hit-and-run charge in September. A Bernalillo County judge granted Jones a conditional discharge from the April 2015 case. Jones had to complete 18 months of probation and 72 appearances of community service and his felony would be wiped clean.
The UFC released a press statement this morning concerning Jones:
“UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week. UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information.”
Jon Jones is set to face Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship at UFC 197 on April 27.