Jon Jones just did something he probably should have done literal years ago. He's been able to afford a personal driver for a while now, but it appears he'll have one now to avoid future run-ins with the police.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you are probably well aware that Jones can't seem to keep his hands clean in the legal sense... especially, when those hands are on the wheel of a car.
On the heels of a controversial traffic stop which resulted in five traffic tickets and a violation of his probation, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has enlisted the services of his nutritionist, Lou Giordano, to also serve as his full-time driver ahead of UFC 197 on April 23.
"I have him here and he's driving me between every practice all day, even at night now," Jones said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I figured I'd take getting in trouble out of the police's hands by simply not driving."
Jones is going to fight Ovince Saint Preux for the interim UFC light heavyweight title on April 23rd at UFC 197 in Las Vegas. He was originally supposed to take on Daniel Cormier, who dropped out with a knee injury.
While Jones has had the opportunity to remain in the conversation of being the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in all of the sport, his inability to avoid trouble has hindered him on a consistent basis, with a seeming pattern of behavior that is truly frustrating for his fans (of which there are many).
Jones and the road have a tenuous history together that stretches all the way back to 2012, when Jones first crashed his Bentley Continental GT into a pole in New York and subsequently pled guilty to DUI charges.
Most recently, in Albuquerque, Jon Jones was caught via body camera calling police officer Jason Brown a "f*cking liar" and a "pig" during a heated traffic stop that ended up with Jones receiving five tickets... five.... including one for illegally drag racing.
Here's Jones' take on things...
"There's a pattern throughout my career. I've never gotten into a street fight, nothing crazy. It's always been something behind the wheel. So, by simply not driving, I'm pretty positive that there won't be any issues coming up in my life, especially (with my) sobriety as well. I've failed some drug tests in the past and I've gotten some traffic issues in the past. Now that I'm sober, now that I'm just not going to drive anyone for a while, I think we're going to be good."
Jones was infamously stripped of his long-held UFC light heavyweight title in 2015 for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident which left one pregnant victim with a broken arm.
In the United States, we're a pretty big country of second chances. But I just don't know if we're a huge fan of third and fourth ones. The 28-year old was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation for the hit and run incident, but he broke those terms this past January when he was cited for driving without a license, driving without proof of insurance, and driving without registration during a routine traffic stop with the Albuquerque Police Department.
His head trainer has his back, though.
"[Jones] made a mistake and maybe said things he shouldn't have," Jackson-Winkeljohn head trainer Greg Jackson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "It was just a bad situation all around, and he got in trouble, refocused, came out; so that's the part I like, is that he's focused. He's got a driver now, so everything should be fine.
"I just want him to focus on fighting. That's what he needs to worry about. The rest of the circus, he needs to not be distracted by. He's a warrior, and he needs to focus on that."
What do you think?
Is a driver enough to solve Jones' issues?