By Zach Arnold | April 26, 2015
We can now confirm that we are looking for UFC fighter Jon Jones for questioning stemming from a H&R this morning. http://t.co/kPKyB5xk5X
— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) April 27, 2015
Jon Jones is now reportedly a suspect in a hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman as the driver of the other vehicle.
It’s impossible to imagine having worse PR than supposedly leaving drug rehab 24 hours after entering into a program. Making the alleged hit-and-run incident even worse is that it’s one month away from a big fight in Las Vegas involving Rumble Johnson.
In New Mexico, a misdemeanor for hit-and-run occurs when:
66-7-201. Accidents involving death or personal injuries.
D. Any person failing to stop or comply with the requirements of Section 66-7-203 NMSA 1978 where the accident does not result in great bodily harm or death is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be sentenced pursuant to the provisions of Subsection A of Section 31-19-1 NMSA 1978.
E. The director shall revoke the license or permit to drive and any nonresident operating privilege of the person so convicted.
Jones has a DWI on his record, albeit in New York state.
Officer Drobik added, "There is no police report yet we would still like Mr. Jones side of story" & "more information available in morning."
— David Kano (@TheDKano) April 27, 2015
It’s bad enough that Jon Jones has now found himself in new legal trouble. What’s just as curious to watch is how UFC will handle this situation. When Jones got busted for cocaine on a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test, UFC made a strange decision with Fox Sports to go all-in and tout Jones for a one-on-one interview regarding his drug usage. It was a train wreck, but it certainly didn’t hurt his standing amongst UFC fans because the anticipation for his fight against Rumble Johnson has been very ripe.
Lots of fighters have been accused of doing awful things. However, allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run with a pregnant woman as the other driver is a total nightmare for all parties involved.
How does UFC react to this latest situation?
UFC has to weigh their options on what to do with Jon Jones. Nothing has seemingly changed his level of judgment when it comes to making good or bad decisions. He’s dodged a lot of bullets. At some point, he may not dodge a bullet and really find himself in a predicament that will permanently stain his reputation and UFC’s reputation. Jon Jones is currently one of UFC’s two aces (Ronda being the other).
What is the emergency plan UFC has in place if things continue to escalate?
Addendum: According to Marc Raimondi, the police report allegedly points to marijuana in a rental car:
Inside the man’s vehicle, a silver Buick SUV, police found a marijuana pipe with marijuana in it and “paperwork belonging to a Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it from the state of Nevada,” the report stated. There was also Enterprise rental car paperwork inside the vehicle. Several phone calls placed to Jones at the time were unsuccessful.
And now that the pregnant driver has reportedly suffered a broken arm, Jon Jones is facing a felony charge.
All of the North American sports press is either in Chicago for the NFL Draft or in Las Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao. The timing could not be worse for UFC in terms of being a sitting duck in dealing with the press swarm in the desert right now.