Chael Sonnen slams Jon Jones for ‘disgusting’ tweet over Jackson Wink MMA ban
Chael Sonnen is dissatisfied with the way Jon Jones has handled himself after being kicked out of Jackson Wink MMA following his most recent arrest.
Jones’ longtime trainer Mike Winkeljohn revealed earlier this week that the former UFC light heavyweight champion was kicked out of the gym until he gets the drinking under control. The decision comes less than a month after Jones was arrested in Las Vegas and booked for misdemeanors, domestic violence, injury and tampering with a vehicle.
Unsurprisingly, Jones disagreed with Winkeljohn’s decision to remove him from the gym. Jones took to social media after a phone call with his longtime coach to make his disappointment known.
“I had a heartbreaking conversation on the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night, it really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much,” Jones wrote Wednesday in a since deleted tweet. “[A] sincere thanks to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with me. Our journey continues … “
Given his troubles outside the cage, everything Jones does today seems to be thrown under a microscope, and for good reason. Jones has never had the best of luck with social media and leaking things that maybe he shouldn’t say, but this doesn’t seem like one of those times. Jones’ response to the Winkeljohn ban seemed sincere and that is why Sonnen is disgusted by the reaction.
“Jon tweeted this and deleted it and it was just disgusting,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel (ht sportskeeda). “The tweet was disgusting and he said, ‘It hurts me a lot that one of my coaches who I respect so much is walking away from me, because the rest of the coaches that go to that fight with me, we continue,’ and then he deleted it. The reason the tweet is disgusting is that it used the word team. You have the most egotistical guy in the sport using the word team when it’s convenient. “
Jones, who is widely considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, just can’t get out of his own way when it comes to staying out of trouble and continuing his career as a fighter. The former UFC champion has given up on alcohol after his most recent arrest, but we’ll have to wait and see if Jones really starts living that life. Once he proves it, chances are high that Winkeljohn will lift the ban and Jones can begin to regain the respect of those closest to him.