It has been a productive few days for Jon Jones. Last night, the UFC Lightweight Champion was looking to protest peacefully in his now-home state of Albuquerque to honor George Floyd. He ended up calmy confronting two individuals who were doing the opposite.
Two youths were vandalizing buildings with spray cans. Jones requested that they hand the cans over to him as seen in a video posted on Jones’ Instagram. The caption, with NSFW words, questioned how the vandalizing of property was honoring the memory of Floyd.
George Floyd died this past week after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes, cutting off his oxygen. The officer was fired and eventually charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. George Floyd’s death has since sparked protests all over the United States.
“Is this s**t even about George Floyd anymore?!?” Jone stated “Why the f**k are you punk a** teenagers destroying our cities!?? As a young black man trust me I’m frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city (505), protect your s**t. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight.”
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Is this shit even about George Floyd anymore?!? Why the fuck are you punk ass teenagers destroying our cities!?? 🤬🤬 As a young black man trust me I’m frustrated as well but this is not the way, we are starting to make a bad situation worse. If you really got love for your city (505), protect your shit. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight.
Jones was one of the first known athletes to call for “nationwide policy changes” when the video of Floyd’s passing was released. Joining him on his quest include Chuck Liddell and UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. Recently, it was announced that Floyd Mayweather will be paying for all four funeral services for George.
This morning, Jones posted again on Instagram, showing him cleaning up the streets following the riots.
“Lots of work to do out in the streets today men. If you’re a real one, call your boys and get to work.”
Jones also went on KRQE and tried to make sense of the riots that have turned violent over the past few days.
“We live here, we all live here and that’s just what doesn’t make sense,” Jones stated, via MMA Fighting. “We live here, we’ve got to go eat at these same restaurants tomorrow, we have to take our kids for a walk and see the inappropriate gestures and words written all over the walls.”
Jones is currently involved in a battle with the UFC and Dana White over a dispute of pay. Believing the UFC does not value his worth, Jones posted on social media that he was relinquishing the UFC Light Heavyweight Title and was looking to leave the promotion.
The UFC has yet to acknowledge his statement.