Finally, someone in Jon Jones’ (pictured) camp has made a public comment about the troubled fighter’s future that actually makes sense. Whether manager Malki Kawa was merely trying to enforce much-needed damage control, start the PR spin for Jones’ dramatic resurrection as a person and professional or he’s simply telling the truth, it is time for Jones to focus on bettering himself.
On Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour,” Kawa claimed that following his client’s latest setback, where Jones fled the scene after injuring another motorist with his vehicle and marijuana was discovered in Jones’ rental car, which led to the UFC stripping Jones of his light heavyweight title and putting him on an indefinite suspension, Jones might be done with MMA.
“It could very well be the last time we’ve seen Jon Jones in the Octagon,” Kawa stated. “I think Jon Jones is gonna focus on Jon Jones. I think he’s gonna take the time to do whatever he’s gotta do. And if it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight, it’s the last time we’ve seen him fight. And I’m OK with that…
“If he ever doesn’t come back to the sport, it’s because he doesn’t want to come back to the sport. If it was because of too much pressure? Could be. If it’s because of the belt? Could be. If it’s because the competition is too much, it could be. Whatever he decides is the reason why he won’t come back to the sport, but it’ll be solely on him. I’m not gonna blame anything or anyone for anything Jon Jones does. And no one, at the same token, can take credit for anything Jon Jones does. Everything that’s Jon Jones’ is Jon Jones’. The good, the bad and the ugly.
“If this is the last time we’ve ever seen him fight and it very well may be, then it’s because of a decision he’s decided to make. It won’t be because of something you guys are perceiving to be a problem. It won’t be because of any of the negative headlines of the positive things he’s done. It’s just because he feels he’s had it. Maybe that’s it.”
Kawa’s comments are more in tune with someone who is focused on the elephant in the room, which is why Jones, who seemingly has the world at his fingertips, continues to find himself on the wrong side of the law.
After last month’s arrest for felony hit-and-run, Jones’ buffoon of an attorney, Vincent Ward, attempted to sweep Jones’ latest hiccup under the rug as if it was insignificant.
“He wants to get down to training for this fight he has,” Ward said after posting Jones’ bond. “He wouldn’t want to be dealing with this right now, but he’s a great guy, he’s taking all this seriously.”
A 2012 guilty plea for DWI, positive cocaine test from earlier this year and now felony hit-and-run – surely, any non-Yes man can tell you that getting back to training should be the last thing on Jones’ agenda.
Oh, and the genius “He wouldn’t want to be dealing with this right now” comment? The best way to avoid “dealing with this” is to not do illegal things in the first place…
Let’s be real, at just 27 years of age, there’s next to no chance the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history will permanently walk away before hitting the prime of his career. However, taking an extended sabbatical to “do some soul searching,” as Jones put it, is just what the doctor, and PR team ordered.