Former two-time UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has claimed that he is “hurt” to lose the support of his coach, Mike Winkeljohn after the Jackson-Wink MMA co-founder confirmed this afternoon that his longtime student had been banned from coming to the Albuquerque, New Mexico facility in the wake of his recent arrest and subsequent charge with battery domestic violence against his fiancée, as well as injuring or tampering with a vehicle.
On September 24. last, Jones was picked up and arrested by police officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department near the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was handcuffed and charged with misdemeanor battery domestic violence, as well as tampering or injuring a vehicle, a felony, when he is alleged to have headbutted a police cruiser during his arrest, resulting in a medium-sized dent as well as causing paint to chip.
In an official police report obtained by responding officers to Jones’ and his fiancée. Jesse’s hotel room at Caesars Palace, the responding detectives noted that Jesse was bleeding from her nose/mouth, while they noted blood on her person and clothes, as well as on the bedsheets of the couples’ hotel room. Jesse elected against giving a statement, as well as explaining how Jones had not hit her.
The security officer on duty at Caesars Palace explained to responding officers that Jesse attended the security booth in an emotional and distressed state with her and Jones’ three daughters, with the youngest child asking him to call the police.
In the wake of the charges brought against Jones, who is expected to appear in court later this month, the aforenoted, Winkeljohn confirmed to MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that he had spoken with his longtime student, where he informed him that he would no longer be welcome at Jackson-Wink MMA and had been suspended from the facility, as well as urging him to abstain from consuming alcohol.
“I just have a conversation with him (Jon Jones),” Winkeljohn told Helwani. “I said, ‘Jon, here’s the deal. You’re like my little brother. You have to stop drinking and fix these things for a certain period of time until you come back to the gym.“
“So at the moment, he’s out of the gym,” Winkeljohn confirmed. “He’s not allowed to come in the gym. I felt like I had to do that, because ignoring it and expecting different results, as they say, is insanity. He’s got a lot of ‘yes’ people around him that won’t tell him the truth. He might hate me for it, but I’ll tell him the truth.“
“I’m very disappointed,” Winkeljohn explained. “It’s tough. The hardest part was when you hear that his daughters say ‘you’ve got to call the police officers’. I’ve got three daughters, I have a wife. I teach women’s self-defense. It just makes it hard when he keeps getting in trouble.“
In response to Winkeljohn’s interview tonight, Jones posted a series of tweets that were subsequently detailed.
The first of which from Jones expresses how “hurt” he was to lose the support of Winkeljohn, as well as thanking his other coaches for “staying in the fight” alongside him.
“Had a heartbreaking conversation over the phone with one of my longtime coaches last night, really hurts to lose the support of someone I respect so much,” Jones tweeted. “Sincere (sic) thank you to the rest of the coaches for staying in the fight with. Our journey continues.“
In another post which has since been deleted, Jones claimed that he never “hit” his fiancée, Jesse, claiming that people are just “imagining the worst possible situation“.
I love how people are imagining the worst possible situation in their heads and making it somehow factual,” Jones tweeted. “I never hit my fiancé and our daughters were woken up after our confrontation. My daughters didn’t see or hear us arguing.“
“That’s really the only thing I care to clarify.. outside of that, looking forward to moving forward without alcohol,” Jones tweeted. “It’s the first time in my life where I’m actually ready to quit. Glad to have the support of my fiancé, family friends and fans.“
In another post, Jones explained how he has “things” he needs to “deal with“, claiming that his “life wasn’t always great“.
“My life wasn’t always great man,” Jones tweeted. “Being molested as a child, losing a parent and sibling to disease at a young age. It goes on and on man. I got things I need to deal with.“
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