John Jones made his first statement after news broke that he had been banned from the Jackson Wink MMA and also denied the assault on his fiancée.
Earlier today, Jackson Wink MMA coach Mike Winkeljohn revealed that longtime team member John Jones has been banned from the gym. Winckeljon left the door open so he could return to the gym at some point if Jones can stay sober for an undisclosed amount of time. Until then, the heavy-hearted trainer made what he considers the “little brother” the persona non grata at the gym that Jones has called his home throughout his career.
The decision came after disturbing details of Jones’ arrest for domestic violence and battery were revealed last month, among other charges. Jones had already promised to eliminate alcohol from his life forever, but until Winkeljon saw the evidence, he felt that tough love was okay. He also thought he needed to send a message of responsibility to other members of the gym.
John Jones reacts to being kicked out of the gym
Shortly after the story of Winckeljon’s decision began to spread, Jones reacted to the news with a deleted tweet. The great MMA seemed to imply that Winckeljon’s “ban” was rather a separation from only one particular coach.
“Last night I had a heartbreaking phone call with one of my longtime coaches, it really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much. I sincerely thank the rest of the coaches for staying with me in the fight. Our journey continues … ”reads the tweet.
John Jones denies assault on bride
A police report on Jones’s latest arrest cites his fiancée, Jesse Moses, as saying that Jones pulled her hair to keep her from leaving her hotel room, but did not treat her “too physically”. There were also reports that she had a bloody nose and a swollen lower lip. In addition, when the police searched the room, they found blood on the sheets and the room was in disarray.
After reading these details, Jones has already been convicted by many in the court of public opinion. For the first time since the incident, Jones spoke directly about what happened that night.
“I love the way people imagine the worst possible situation in their heads and make it somehow factual. I never hit my fiancé, and our daughters woke up after our fight. My daughters did not see or hear how we quarreled. “
“That’s the only thing I want to clarify … beyond that, I look forward to moving forward without alcohol. For the first time in my life, I am truly ready to quit smoking. Glad for the support of my fiancé, family friends and fans. “
When a fan responded to the aforementioned tweet telling him that actions speak louder than words, Jones responded with appreciation.
“Yes, I fully understand that, so I’m not going to make a big PR move, hire a publicist. I’m not going to do anything like that. I know this is real. I know I’m ready. Time will take care of the rest, ”Jones wrote.
Jones is due to appear in court Oct.26 on a domestic violence and personal injury / vehicle tampering case last month. As of this writing, he is expected to make his heavyweight debut early next year, despite some arguing that he should be released from the UFC.
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