UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was arrested last week, being charged with aggravated DWI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container, and driving with no proof of insurance.
Retired referee and Bellator MMA color commentator John McCarthy is calling Jones “just a straight out f*ck up” after his latest arrest.
“When he is disciplined, when he has a fight, when he has a structure, and a schedule – the military would’ve been great for Jon Jones, because it’s got structure. You’ve got to be here at this time, this is your job, this is what you do, and Jon performs beautifully under that structure,” McCarthy said on the Weighing In podcast (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “When he doesn’t have that structure, he is a disaster. He is an unmitigated, just straight-out f*ck up. . .Who you are is what you do when people don’t know. When they don’t see. That’s who you really are, and that’s Jon’s problem. Because what we’re seeing, like on that video tape, that’s who Jon really is.”
Jones and McCarthy have shared the Octagon several times before McCarthy retired from officiating, as McCarthy officiated four of Jones’ professional MMA bouts.
One thing that McCarthy cannot understand is how Jones cannot control his actions outside of fighting.
“It is absolutely incomprehensible that this man cannot control his actions,” McCarthy said. “When he’s being arrested, ‘Oh I just want to be with my kids.’ No, you had the chance to be with your kids. You decided to go out and and drink and drive and shoot guns and you decided to take that ability away. You decided that. No one made you. This is going to hurt Jon a lot more than he realizes. I guarantee it’s not gonna be thrown out. Not a third time. They definitely has this as the second time, and they’re gonna look at it as a third time, and he’s going to do some time. It will be what we call jail, not prison, but he’s going to spend some time with his butt behind bars because he’s proven that he does not change his attitude and his demeanor and his aspect towards doing the right thing. He’s done it before, he’s now doing it again and they’re gonna say, ‘You didn’t listen to us the first time and you obviously didn’t even really take it that serious the second time, so the third time we’re gonna show you that you made a big mistake.”
There has been no comments from Jones since the arrest, but the UFC did say they were investigating the situation surrounding the arrest.