Jon Jones is widely regarded as the best mixed martial artist of all-time. Over the past decade, he paved his way through competition in a way that very few other fighters ever have. However, Jon Jones has been the center of controversy for years. Jones has a history of getting into trouble in his off time. Here is a compilation of his legal troubles, as well as USADA violations, during his time with the UFC.
- May 2012 – Jones drove his car into a telephone pole in Binghamton, NY. He’s arrested for DUI. Jones plead guilty, although instead of receiving jail time, he received a fine and had his license suspended for six months.
- August 2014 – Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a physical altercation in the lead up to their fight. Jones is fined $50,000 and received 40 hours of community service from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
- January 2015 – Prior to his fight at UFC 182, Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite found in Cocaine. He is tested once more before the event, and tests clean, so is allowed to compete. After the event, revealing he made a mistake, Jones admitted himself to rehab for a day.
- April 2015– Just months after his win over Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones flees the scene of a hit and run. One of the victims of the hit and run was a pregnant woman. Jones was charged with fleeing the scene of a crime, and possessing marijuana paraphernalia (pipe). Jones turned himself in and was sentenced to 18 months probation and community service. Because of this felony charge, he was stripped of his UFC championship.
- June 2016 – Jones tests positive for clomiphene and letrozole. Both are substances in the class of hormones and metabolic modulators, and prohibited for competition. Jones was suspended for a year, however, it was decided that Jones’ ingestion of the substances were accidental.
- July 2017 – Jones tests positive for turinabol. He was originally suspended for four years, although this was later reduced to 15 months.
- December 2018 – Jones tests positive for 33 picograms of a metabolite of turinabol prior to his fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165. USADA revealed that this amount was simply residual traces left over from his prior doping discrepancies. However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission did not allow Jones’ to compete because of his positive test. As a result, the entire fight card was moved to Los Angeles.
- July 2019 – Jones was charged with battery after a waitress claimed he assaulted her. He pleaded a no contest to the charge and received 90 days of probation.
- March 2020 – In Albuquerque, NM, Jon Jones is arrested for DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and driving with no proof of insurance. Jones plead guilty to DWI and received house arrest. The UFC did not punish him for these charges.
While Jon Jones gets a lot of criticism for some of his actions over the years, he still has a ton of fans still supporting him today. As our country is currently seeing riots spread across its cities, Jon Jones is doing what he can to settle things down in Albuquerque, NM, where he’s lived for years.
Taking spray paint away from graffiti-hungry teenagers, giving inspiring public speeches, and helping to clean up damaged small businesses. Jones is trying to bring peace and positivity at a time when the country is so divided.
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