Will Jon Jones Ever Become A Man?
If his social media is any indication, probably not
Article courtesy of Paul Miller of MMA Freaks
Jon Jones doesn’t appear to have a grasp on the damage he’s done to himself, the UFC, or MMA. Since his disastrous February hearing before the California State Athletic Commission, where it was revealed that his positive post-UFC 214 USADA test for the anabolic steroid Turinabol was not caused by tainted supplements; that in fact Jones had not supplied USADA with a complete list of supplements, and that the previously unreleased supplements were also untainted when tested; when it was revealed that Jones had authorized his manager to falsify his signature on USADA documents; where the CSAC fined Jones $205,000 and utterly revoked his license to fight until further notice pending a ruling from USADA… Since that time, Jones has shown no growth of character whatsoever.
His recent dust-up with the legendary Chuck Liddell is just the latest in a string of social media outbursts that prove Jones has learned nothing from his self-induced public humiliation.
Apparently, the 48-year-old Liddell is plotting some kind of a comeback with Oscar de la Hoya. I, like almost everyone else, have grave reservations about that idea. But Chuck is a fighter, and he wants to fight. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Liddell said, “In my mind, I would like two good warm-up fights, and I’d like a shot at Jon Jones. I am serious, I’d like a shot at him. We will see.”
How did Jones respond? Did he give deference to a pioneer of the sport, giving Chuck his moment to call out a man he has no hope of fighting or beating? Did he remain humble, like a man who is serious about repairing his public image? Did he decline, citing his need to get beyond his troubles with USADA before being able to fight again? No. The man-child set out to humiliate Liddell in retaliation for being called out…
“Old Chuck has been calling me out for years! I get it, I hold pretty much every record in the division. I normally try to respect my elders but if you want it come get it. Id literally fly you out to Albuquerque this weekend.”
“You might want to test the strength of that jaw before you take a bite you cant chew.”
“In all seriousness @ChuckLiddell I appreciate your offer for a fight, but due to scheduling conflicts may not be able to fulfill till mid 2019. In the Upcoming months I have similarly lethal opponents in Ric Flair and George Foreman awaiting.”
In spite of his troubles being laid bare to the entire world over a span of years, Jon Jones seems intent on injecting immature Twitter barbs into the MMA world, aimed at Alexander Gustafson, Daniel Cormier, and others, and seems utterly disinterested in doing the things that would be necessary in order for him to grow into the man that so far, he has shown no sign of ever becoming.
People who are truly remorseful for their own shameful actions do not behave this way. Instead, they look for opportunities to demonstrate that they are contrite. They seek to show through their actions that they have remorse, and genuine humility replaces braggadocio.
Instead of trying to humiliate an aged fighter who has misguided dreams of a comeback, Jon Jones would be better served to keep his mouth shut or issue some statement about respecting Chuck’s place in MMA history, and signaling that fighting him will never be an option because of that respect. That’s what a man would do. Instead, Jones does what a boy would do – a boy who is used to doing and saying whatever he wants, and believing that his charm and wit are all-powerful enough to avoid the consequences.
I have some suggestions for you, Jon Jones. Go on a mission trip to the third-world, and spend a few months feeding the starving; tending to the sick and impoverished. Go on a spiritual sabbatical, and contemplate your own poor choices, and seek a higher power than yourself to help you transform your poor character. Find a mature mentor who has been where you are and come out the other side a better man. Make a list of people you’ve harmed, and vow to demonstrate to them that you have true remorse, and seek to make amends. Place MMA fans on that list. Delete your social media accounts.
In short, grow the ^%&# up. You don’t have to take the bait from Chuck Liddell and turn it into yet another reminder that you were NEVER the decent, wholesome young man who you falsely portrayed yourself to be. Just shut up, and go away. When USADA is done dealing with you – assuming they allow you to come back at all – you will find MMA fans far more likely to be willing to embrace yet another comeback, if you take the time right now to just chill for a while. Show us that you’re even interested in becoming a real man.