FanPosts: Has Jones' DUI arrest changed your opinion of him?

FanPosts: Has Jones' DUI arrest changed your opinion of him?
May 21st 2012

The big news at the weekend was not Daniel Cormier’s winning of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix but rather the arrest of UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones for suspected DUI.

Jones crashed his ridiculously expensive Bentley Continental into a streetlight at 5am Saturday; he was arrested at the scene and bailed shortly afterwards.

The incident has divided fan opinion, as this week’s FanPosts show:

@jeevuswalks - I lost all respect for JBJ, for a man who praises religion all the time, this is a selfish act, especially as 1 month ago he said he would never get caught with a DUI. I reckon he might have blown the chances of a big sponsor coming in for him.

Matthew Poole - My opinion of him wont change. Yes he runs his mouth a lot and yes he can rub people up the wrong way but people are still talking about him and that's the whole point. Don’t get me wrong I in no way condone drink driving and I am sure he will get any and all punishments that he is due but everyone deserves a second chance and he should too.

Neil UK - Has it changed my view of him? Yes. This has nothing to do with his cockiness or his faith or anything else. Its about basics - for me if you have a drink, you don't drive, no matter what. Doing the job I do (emergency services), its something I see nearly every day.

We've seen it happen with a few fighters and everytime I wonder who's going to be the one that finally hits a pedestrian or another car. Its a matter of time before this happens and sets the sport back in most of the general publics eyes. There's no excuse, if you drink, don't drive. After all I'm pretty sure Mr Jones has the spare cash to pay for a cab.

Jordan Grenyion-Smith - It doesn't affect my opinion because being arrested doesn't always mean you're guilty.

If anyone's opinion of Jon Jones is affected, it's Jon Jones. He carries himself as a beacon of hope, that everyone with dreams can look up to and be inspired. He feels that beacon should be pure of iniquities, and a DUI is far from that. The picture he has worked so hard to paint has been blotched with a black ink, and he can decide whether to clean it and try again or paint around it.

Joel Reid - If the mans done this there's no return. You simply can not be #1 and repping the sport with that in the background. I've two friends - one who lost his wife to a drink driver, left with two kids, and another who lost both parents to one.

I'm not making judgement on a personal level merely from a moralistic view/stand point. He earns the money so he can either wear the suit properly or hand it to the next man that can.

Sherene McLaurin - Why should he be chastised for doing something everyone in the world has done. Its true for every athlete or star they are held on pedestals and ppl forget they cant be perfect ALL THE TIME! It should bring forth the fact that he is human and he does make mistakes, doesnt mean what he did is ok bc he couldve hurt someone but my opinion of him has not changed. Y'all have a great day.

Jason Rankin - While Jon Jones alleged DUI arrest may change some peoples opinion on the champ, it doesn’t change mine, yet. Instead lets see how he may change because of this. JBJ is a human being like the rest of us, we all make mistakes, its how we own up to them and learn from them that is worthy of making judgement from.

FanPosts are the views and opinions of the individuals named and are intended to provide a cross-section of opinion from the world of the mixed martial arts fan. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Fighters Only Magazine nor any of its employees.


  • Ryan

    Posted at 16:33 on May 21st 2012

    @Sherlene That's idiodic to day everyone does it. And it matters because the guy is a champion representing the sport. His facebook apology addressed having haters more than the apology itself. I have the guy a chance but it's getting hard to like him as a person.

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  • Greig

    Posted at 16:44 on May 21st 2012

    I hasn't changed my view on him.
    I thought he was a fake before and this coming after his previous comments only proves it.
    He has all the talent in the world but if you look there are serious signs that his ego and attitude will hold him back big time down the line.

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  • Sherene

    Posted at 17:08 on May 21st 2012

    @Sherlene That's idiodic to day everyone does it. And it matters because the guy is a champion representing the sport. His facebook apology addressed having haters more than the apology itself. I have the guy a chance but it's getting hard to like him as a person.

    First of all my name is Sherene. Please allow me to restate my meaning here, I should've said that ALL PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES, instead of all people do it. I'll give you that. This subject is on the side of ridiculous mainly because everyday people don't usually face the firing range for similar misteps. I don't condone drinking and driving, drug use, rape comments, infidelity or any other crazy thing some famous person says or does. These people aren't gods and they just like regualr non famous people have no censor that says to them wow that was a stupid thing to say or do until after the fact. If they weren't held on pedestals these things wouldn't be so outrageous. Jon Jones holds himself to high regard and in turn people see him that way. He has a long road ahead of him and I always say, " let he who is without sin cast the first stone." And I'm sure this morning when you got out of bed you didn't put on a halo?! No one person walks through life not making mistakes and since you called me out saying that my comment is idiotic let me throw these questions at you, Have you ever had a drink, one drink and got behind the wheel? Have you ever been impaired by any means and got behind the wheel? Think of the answer, impaired can mean any number of things. As for his apology, again he had no censor, he said what he felt he needed to say. We aren't the ones who are suppose to judge him....

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  • Lewis

    Posted at 17:26 on May 22nd 2012

    @ Sherene - 1) I have never had a drink and gotten behind the wheel of a motor vehicle... Nor will I, that costs lives all too often and for anybody to say that in ANY respect what he did is ok or even dismissable is byind foolish, some may even say "idiotic". (2) "We aren't the ones who are suppose to judge him...." - On the contrary, indeed we are the ones who will ultimately judge him. Maybe not lawfully, although should it go far enough he will be judged by a group of 12 of his peers, but through the sporting aspect, the aspect of allowing our children to view this man in a idolized manner, by whether we still support him as a statesman for a sport that we all enjoy.

    What he has done he should be held accountable for. As a champion of the sport he should be holding himself better, I personally feel he should be stripped as champion, given a ban and a fine! For endangering others lives. But this won't happen, he is Dana's lap dog and the UFC will try to brush this under the carpet as quietly as they can.

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  • Justin

    Posted at 20:20 on May 31st 2012

    I have to this point been a strong supporter of JBJ. I have listened to the likes of Rashad and Rampage say how fake and phony he is. I got angry when I heard this because I felt he was being ridiculed for being such a "straight edge" guy. Today, I almost feel fooled by JBJ.. were they right? Is he a phony? I don’t want to take that leap, because I do think that everyone makes mistakes. On the other hand he has been sooo adamant that he lives a pure life and that he is not going to get caught up in his own hype that it makes me wonder..was he trying to hide his real self from all of us? I am reminded of an interview I saw of him on Jim Rome I believe, where Rashad kept saying that he knows that the image JBJ puts out is completely fake. When JBJ responded, Rashad kept saying " know I know"...Makes me wonder now..

    My opinion of him as a fighter has not changed one bit.. I still think that he is the most supremely gifted fighter that MMA has EVER seen.. but as a person.. i think it is even worse to proclaim yourself as such a moral and "straight edge" individual and then wreck your Bentley into a pole, drunk, with TWO girls in your car, who are NOT your fiancé'.

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