Jon Jones is certainly facing the consequences for his April 27 arrest. The martial artist was stripped of his UFC Light Heavyweight Champion title and has lost endorsement deals because of the felony charge.
Jon Jones, 27, has lost his UFC Light Heavyweight Champion title and has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest on April 27, the organization announced on April 28. Now, the martial artist is losing endorsement deals, too. Is his career over?
Jone Jones’ Stripped Of UFC Title: Suspended, Loses Endorsements After Arrest
Things are not looking good for Jon. The 27-year-old UFC champion was taken into custody on April 27, after being charged with leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico on April 26. Because the driver of the car he hit suffered a broken arm, the charge was raised from a misdemeanor to a felony.
On April 28, UFC stripped Jon of his Light Heavyweight Title. “As a result of the charge and other violations of the Athlete Code of Conduct Policy, the organization believes it is best to allow Jones time to focus on his pending legal matters,” the UFC said in a statement. “UFC feels strongly that its athletes must uphold certain standards both in and out of the Octagon. While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remans supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.”
Jon appeared in court on April 28, but entered no plea, and is currently awaiting a second court date.
Jone Jones Loses Big Endorsement Deal After Suspension & Arrest
The week continued going downhill for Jon, though, and on April 29, it was announced that he lost his biggest endorsement deal with Reebok. He similarly parted ways with Nike last year, so things really aren’t looking good!
Jon took to Twitter on April 28 to address the situation, but kept things pretty brief. “Got a lot of soul searching to do,” he wrote.” Sorry to everyone I’ve let down.”
Previously, Jon was arrested for DUI in 2012, when he drove his car into a pole, but avoided jail time by pleading guilty to the misdemeanor. It was announced in January 2015 that Jon had failed a drug test, and when the news went public, he went into rehab for just one night.
We’re wishing Jon the best and hope he can really get some soul searching done, as planned, during this down time.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with the UFC’s decision to suspend Jon?
— Alyssa Norwin