Jon Jones Stops Vandalism in Downtown Albuquerque During George Floyd Protests

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 1, 2020

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Even as Jon Jones is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the UFC and Dana White, he still found time to stop vandalism in his adopted hometown on Sunday night.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer last week has sparked both peaceful protests and violent riots throughout the United States. Jones himself has spoken out and demanded justice for Floyd, but that doesn’t mean he is in favor of tearing down a city to make a point.

In a video posted on Jones’ Instagram account, the light heavyweight champion can be seen taking what appear to be cans of spray paint from two people on the streets of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The video was accompanied by an angry caption questioning the motives of those using Floyd’s death as an excuse to damage buildings and other property.

“Is this s—t even about George Floyd anymore?!? Why the f-k are you punk ass teenagers destroying our city!??” Jones wrote.

“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 the 505, protect your s—t. All you old heads need to speak up, call your family members and tell them to come home tonight.”

It’s worth noting that a peaceful protest occurred in the city earlier on Sunday evening but that situation changed in the early morning hours on Monday.

Originally from New York, Jones began training in New Mexico prior to facing Matt Hamill in 2009. The Jackson-Wink MMA standout eventually made Albuquerque his home, and he continues to reside in the Duke City today.

Sunday proved to be an eventful day for Jones, who earlier responded to comments made by White at the UFC on ESPN 9 post-fight press conference by requesting his release and announcing that he had vacated his 205-pound title in a series of tweets.



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