Jon Jones’ Manager: ‘No One’s Running…He’s a Man, He’s Going to Stand Up Like a Man’

May 22, 2012
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Everybody in this world is capable of making mistakes. No one is infallible.

When the news broke last Saturday that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones had been arrested in upstate New York and charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) after his Bentley struck a telephone pole, there was a lot of shock in the MMA community.

Not because a fighter isn’t capable of making a mistake, but because of the kind of person Jon Jones had always been made out to be both in the public and in private. A 24-year-old kid with all the success in the world who wanted to be a role model to today’s youth made a big mistake, and he’s going to own up to what he did, but right now he’s just gathering his thoughts and letting the legal process run its course.

That’s according to Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, who spoke about his client’s arrest in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly Radio that airs on Tuesday.

“He will address everyone soon. He’s going to have an official statement, from him, and something’s going to come directly from him. He’ll address everybody and talk directly, and do all that when he’s ready to do it, I’m sure,” Kawa stated.

From the physical side of the accident, the UFC’s top light heavyweight is completely okay. Reports had surfaced that Jones suffered a bloody nose from an airbag that dispersed when his car struck the telephone pole, but his manager says he’s doing okay with no serious injuries.

“He’s okay. Obviously, I really can’t say much. I’m not going to comment too much on it. We hope that the fans and the media will give Jon a chance to gather his thoughts together and get everything he needs to get together, and you guys will be hearing from Jon directly,” Kawa stated.

“He’s not hurt or anything like that, that’s a good thing about it, but it’s an unfortunate situation. We’ll get him through it.”

Being in the public eye in this paparazzi laden society doesn’t give any celebrity much of a chance to shy away from a situation like this, and Kawa understands that all too well. He knows Jones is going to be under a microscope right now and his actions are going to be scoured over and scrutinized to the umpteenth degree.

His only request is that fans, media, and people around the world give Jones a chance to explain himself, and then they can judge for themselves.

“I understand when celebrities are celebrities and athletes are athletes they’re at the highest level, they’re expected to conduct themselves a certain way, and when they don’t, when they’re winning or losing even, fans are going to have their opinion. That’s something I respect and I understand,” Kawa said.

“I would just kind of like to let the fans know to give him a chance. Give yourself a chance to get all the facts in yourselves, wait until everything gets said and done, and then at that point if you want to vilify him afterwards and you heard him speak and you heard him say his part and then vilify him, I can’t control what people are going to say. But it is too soon; it is too quick in my opinion. He really is a decent guy. He’s a very, very good guy, trying his hardest to be a good role model, a good example, and he wants to be that. No one’s perfect and he’s never said he was and never said that he doesn’t make mistakes. It’s a fact he made a mistake. He messed up and I’m sure he’s going to come out and apologize and do what he’s got to do.”

Kawa also stated that while he has been in constant contact with Jones throughout this situation, he could not confirm that a Facebook post that was made on Monday attributed to the UFC light heavyweight champion actually did come from him.

What he can guarantee, however, is that Jones will make a public statement when the time is right, and he’s not going to hide from what he did.

“No one’s running from anything. At the end of the day, he’s a man. He’s going to stand up like a man, but there’s obviously legal advisers involved, processes involved, and he’s just going through it right now. I can promise you that he’s trying his hardest not to stay quiet and not address the concerns; he’d like to,” Kawa stated.

“Obviously, in no way shape or form am I or any member of my team or any representative of Jon is making any kind of excuses or condoning any type of behavior. All we’re saying, in a nutshell, is give us a chance to get everything in. Give us a chance to understand everything that happened and everything that’s going on, and then we can come out and actually say something that’s intelligent and that can explain things and that people can get their answers in one shot.”

As far as the business side of Jones’ career, he is currently slated to take on former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas.

While the champion is still dealing with the fallout from his arrest just last weekend, Kawa says that his fight career is moving forward as far as he is concerned. If something changes, that will be up to Jones or the UFC to make that call.

“I don’t know if the UFC will do anything about it, and as of right now, Jon hasn’t said anything about not fighting on Sept. 1,” said Kawa. “So as far as I’m concerned, from what I know, the fight still will go forward.”

For now, Jones will continue to spend time with his family as he deals with this situation, and he will have a statement in the coming weeks about the accident and subsequent arrest for DWI.

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  • DWI is a very serious offense and I am not proud to say that I have done it and gotten away with it. I think many people that drink have driven over the very low threshold used today to determine DWI/DUI.
    I’m not trying to exonerate Jon. He crashed his ultra expensive auto and thankfully it was a single car crash with no innocents hurt or involved.
    Isn’t he 24 or about? I hope he learns and benefits from this. We will never know but this may save his and others lives in the future.

  • I didn’t know running was still on the table as far as possible decisions…

    • lawrensco


  • jasondecipher

    Yes JJ is human like anyone else but I have always believed people who drink & drive are irresponsible especially having kids. I definitely am still a fan but am disappointed. That proves to me how fame, money, etc. can get to a persons head. He thought he could break the law & get away with it cause hes JBJ. Obviously hes still maturing but damn is he a good fighter what a shame

  • shereko

    “after his Bentley struck a telephone pole”… Ohh yeah I’m feeling badly. Sounds a little like Clark Kent needed his cape. Really tough to feel sorry for the guy, when he acts holier than thou than this happens… it was stated “early morning hours” so what was he doing out at that time alone, where was his wife, and kid? I mean fine if he’s out with the boys, but then don’t preach that you’re so great. I know, it was an early church service, and he was helping out, and turned out he had too much of the communion wine! Thats what it was, my bad. Way to see more of the “real JBJ” … Almost respect Diaz more for just being who he is, a dick… than being fake.

  • shereko

    Jones talking to Damon Martin UFC145 presser:

    “We came up with a strategy to keep it clean and be sponsored by the UFC itself. I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me as well, and I think that they trust that I’ll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me with a DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy.”

    HAHAHAHAHA oops… ohh btw for a 190,000 car, get some nicer rims.

    • TKD


  • Sure is a lot of false outrage over this whole thing. Odd how people love to pile on and kick a guy when he’s down. Human nature I guess. He made a mistake, hopefully he’ll learn from it and take something positive away.

    Live and learn.

    • macgrubber

      ya if he struck a car or person would it just be “a mistake” to the families of the people he hurt? Ill kick him when hes down because it isnt that hard to have some1 else drive, or couldnt he afford a cab? or even easier yet not drink if you cant get a ride. Guy is 24 he isnt in high school anymore. Guy needs to be a little more mature to realize you cant drink and drive but seems like he is an idiot.

      • Feel better now?

        • macgrubber

          Just getting warmed up

          • TKD

            Actually, macgrubber is correct. If we look at Jones as a normal guy we would be outraged that he was drinking and driving. Let’s ignore his status and fame for a moment. Kicking him while he is down might actually do him some good. It worked for a family member of mine.

      • MuayThaiFood

        Yeah, John Jones is an idiot and you are making a case for your own superior intellect. The “guy is 24″….are you kidding me?! Are you 17 or what? Re-examine that statement when you’re mature yourself because you obviously aren’t there yet if you believe your own words for a second. Age and maturity are two different things. Here’s another thought. Maturity is only part of the equation in realizing you shouldn’t drink and drive.
        Oddly enough a guy who isn’t used to drinking may not know his threshold when it comes to being nicely buzzed and impaired. In other words a more experienced drinker may have stopped before his thought process was impaired enough to think driving was a good idea. It impairs rational thought as well as motor skills. If he someone was hurt or killed (including himself) it would have been tragic but he was lucky, as most of the people throwing stones here have been. So, it is an embarrassing, costly lesson. A lesson that if he learns, he will mature from.
        Cut the guy some slack, he’s already got the legal system on his back, he doesn’t need a bunch of hypocrite’s screaming hypocrite at him too.

        • shereko

          The difference is the people that are on here don’t have the media outlets to get your face on TV and preach to people how great you are, and how you do things right all the time, and don’t make mistakes that others make (like he said about Rampage) or how his marriage is so stable (unlike Rashads was) its more he’s the hypocrite when you put peoples noses into things then expect it worse when it happens back. His whole family are super star athletes, I’m sure he was all “I can drive home, and nobodys getting my keys” … well then you get what you got coming and hopefully/luckily in this case, nobody else gets hurt. Even at the ripe ole age of 24…

        • macgrubber

          actually im 24 broseph. And how am i a hyprocrite when im a straight edge and dont drink at all? I also dont care if he is an experienced drinker or whatever other crap u had said about drinking. Its common sense if you drink you dont drive. I think I learned that when I was 15.

          “Cut the guy some slack”
          – No i do not give criminals any slack.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Yeah, you’re 24 macgrubber…enough said. Now the fact that you’re an alter boy is commendable but it also means you have no real world experience to talk. You’re being a little self righteous btw don’t you think? Are you 100% sure you’ll never have a drink? If you don’t drink at all then how would you know what might happen if you did? Maybe all your good intentions will go right out the window as soon as you have your first drink. I doubt Jon Jones had planned to drink and drive before he started drinking.Maybe you’re just as cocky and immature as Jon Jones is and just haven’t realized it yet. I was addressing the majority of the Jones haters when I said “hypocrites” apologies to you, I had no idea you were without flaws.

        • TKD

          MuayThaiFood, it’s people like you that condone and excuse behavior like this that could lead to an innocent person’s death. Let us know how you feel when your kid, wife, or other family member gets run over by a drunk driver. We’ll wait and see how sympathetic you are then.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Well, TKD I wasn’t condoning or excusing. You missed the point entirely. So many people here are accusing JJ of being holier than though in one breath and then damning him to hell for messing up in the next. That’s hypocritical don’t you think? I’d say the majority of people who drink have driven when they were legally over the limit at one time or another also. Two drinks could put you over in some states.
            Yeah, if Jon Jones killed someone it would be a different situation but he didn’t. Are you suggesting he should be treated like someone who did? A judge has latitude in most cases to decide punishment based on multiple factors because not all cases are the same. If he is back in the headlines next year for the same thing then by all means come down harsh on him. I think Jon Jones has got enough sense to realize he made a big mistake and he won’t want to repeat it. He still has to face the music and I’m not saying he shouldn’t but let’s not write him off as a piece of worthless trash either.

          • TKD

            MuayThaiFood, I respect what you’re saying. It was just a bit unclear at first.

  • I try not to get into the personal side of fighters or atheletes. I only care how they perform on the field, court or ring. Hopefully this is a blip on the radar and he can learn from this. He is an awesome fighter no one can take that from him. I hope this brings him back down to the real world abit that is a lot of money and fame at young age….

  • somecokehead

    Jones is so cocky it is hard not to kick him when he is down. I agree with the first comment, he is very lucky he did not hit another car. That could have been his life right there. Gone in 2 seconds. He better learn, God isn’t one to give false warnings. Fame must be a hell uv a drug!!

    • MuayThaiFood

      There’s an intelligent statement “God doesn’t give false warnings”. Take a look at all the repeat losers in our criminal justice system, I guess he was just liked them more. I guess God wasn’t really giving THEM warnings. Fame must be a hell uv a drug”….yeah, famous people are the only ones driving impaired also…just Jon Jones and Mel Gibson.

      • macgrubber

        the high and might muaythai sitting on his cloud of judgement. why you ragin so much?

        • MuayThaiFood

          Macgrubber…just keep talking, I can’t illustrate what an idiot you are better than you can.

          • macgrubber

            Ya i couldnt care less what people on the mmaweekly forum think of me. Have friends IRL dont need online ones broseph.

  • smill0313

    Keep your head up bones. We are all human and 99% of the people talking ish on here have done far worse. A role model is not someone who is perfect (who is?), but someone who tries hard to do good and owns up to their mistakes and learns from them. Pump your breaks a bit (no pun intended) and get back on track. I have 3 sons under the age of 10 who love you and want to be like you. I can’t think of a better person for them to aspire to be like.

    • macgrubber

      Far worse than a dui? I dont think many of us have done things where peoples life are put in jeopardy atleast i havent so i guess im in the top 1%.

      “A role model is not someone who is perfect (who is?)”

      Really? Try Jesus Christ bro. Hes my idol and should be ur sons too but i guess Jone Jones > Jesus Christ. They are violating one of the ten commandments.

      • macgrubber

        jon* for all you grammar nerds

        • MuayThaiFood

          Um…that actually has nothing to do with grammar. That would be spelling, Macdumbass. Maybe you should take a remedial course in English before you post anymore here.

          • macgrubber

            trolling is an art my friend and you fall for everyone

      • TKD

        macgrubber, you had me until you went to the Christ argument. Please, for everyone’s sake, let’s leave Jesus where he belongs…In church.

        • macgrubber

          lol i had to throw that in

        • shereko

          I agree that leave the Jesus out of this, thats the first thing Jones will do is bring him into the convo… But, 1/8 people have a dui, but that means 7/8 haven’t… so don’t assume everyone has. Plus the people on this message board don’t act like their shit don’t stink at least in a public forum thats bigger than this.

      • smill0313

        I am christian, I just don’t shove it down my kids or your throat like some fanatical nutjob ‘bro’. Obviously he made a huge mistake and I used it to tell my kids about drinking and making poor decisions. Most of you on here act like you have never made a mistake or done something regrettable, and you are full of it. How many of you have had run-ins with the law long before the age of 24? Hopefully he uses it as a wakeup call to humble himself and keep things in order and perspective. I have served in the military, am in school for emt/firefighter and I can’t honestly throw stones, I doubt many of you can either.

  • Dayrelphareal

    I know this has nothing to do with anything but JJ look like an Avatar.

  • jonnypatrick

    I agree we all do make mistakes and I for one have made many in my life, but I have never been fake and/or a liar. Jon is exactly what Rashad said he is…. FAKE. I agree with somecokehead how do you not kick this guy when he’s down? He acts as if he is holier than thou and then is out at 0500 in the morning drunk while his wife & kids are at home. I lived and learned from 15-20 when I didn’t have a wife or kids to care for. Imagine if he would’ve killed an innocent person and/or a family. I don’t think the UFC should sponsor him anymore.

  • johnt

    Bottom line here is that Jones has gone around for the past year trashing nearly every other fighter proclaiming himself to be the clean, friendly, mature face of the UFC. He is the one who boldly made the statement not even 3 months ago about how YOU WILL NEVER SEE HIM GETTING A DWI. I guess that was true then since he always got away with it.
    Oh, and by the way I seriously doubt this was the first and ONLY time he ever drove that way. Nobody at 24 years old suddenly decides to drink and drive. Im not condemning him for it because as was said before, most people have done that also. But most people dont walk around bragging about how perfect they are.
    Take your medicine Jones.
    Its easy to be a great guy at a UFC event or in a booth at a show. Its what you do outside of eyes that matters.

    • TKD

      My point exactly! Do your thing in the ring, and don’t judge others so quickly on their personal lives. Now he looks like a complete asshole.

  • jonnypatrick

    Imagine that Short_Bus is defending Jonny Bones Jones! I believe he defended Diaz and thought that Diaz actually beat Condit in that fight. You need to come down from cloud 9 my friend! Because here in the real world people should man up and own there mistakes that he has made, not hide behind your manager. I understand there are legal issues going on, but he could have issued a public apology. Must be another case of money talks and bullsh*t walks! I would bet that he gets off on a reckless operation with his nice contribution he makes to the police dept….

    • Glad to see you follow and are a fan of my posts. 🙂

      • jonnypatrick

        I do follow, but not a fan! I still can’t believe that you thought Diaz won that fight. I guess you probably think that Gilbert Melendez actually beat Josh Thompson this weekend too. The Punk should be the new Strikeforce champ, I hope someday Gilbert makes it to the UFC so people can see that they have been talking him up for nothing.

        • RonnieV

          I thought Diaz won, and I definitely thought Melendez won! Regardless, why are you bringing that up in a Jon Jones article? Jones doesn’t owe anybody but himself and that Bentley an apology.

          • TKD

            Actually, he owes a lot of people an apology. Nobody on this board, but he does owe people apologies (UFC, his sponsors, trainers, etc.)

  • omcclave

    The article says he’s going to stand up like a man but how is that possible with those chicken legs and the four appletinis he drank.

  • shereko

    I just want to go on the record as saying, I wouldn’t drink and drive if I were him… not for any other reason than I wouldn’t want to F up that car. That would be the number 1 reason, yes, its immature and it should be because I should avoid hurting people etc, but nope the car was sweet… Does it matter why I don’t rob banks, just the fact that I don’t. In other words I’d appreciate that things I have.

  • atmosphere

    the airbag did more damage than Rashad did to Bones

    • shereko

      Best post yet!

  • somecokehead

    muaythaifreek… I am glad you got such a rise from my post. I am not an idiot though. Just imagine that you said you would never be caught drinking and driving, only to be caught 3 months later. Imagine saying fame is not getting to your head, ‘in fact I still wear the same shoes I wore in high school.’ I save my money! Only to go out, buy and demolish a $190 000 vehicle! One would think this man is high on something… especially if this man was also trying to be a role model. His actions contradict the image he is trying to portray. He also believes in Jesus and often tallks about religion, hence my earlier reference. Thank you come again.

    • MuayThaiFood

      I never said you were an idiot. In fact I made no reference to you as a person. My comment was regarding your statement.

  • RonnieV

    This whole DUI thing is muchadoboutnuthin!

    • TKD

      Ronnie, I thought you were a lot smarter than that…

  • Exkickboxer

    Hey Guys,

    maturity, age, Jesus, holier than thou? The bottom line is a man screwed up. We don’t know the facts yet. Yeah, he could have killed someone, but luckily he didn’t. It sounds like all of you like to judge, which makes you exactly what you are claiiming him to be.

    Hey Jesus lover,

    It’s great that you believe in something, but don’t portray your faith as fact to anyone, and if you truly hold Jesus as your “hero”, you’d be much more humble, and you would actually practice tolerance and know that you shouldn’t be judging other people’s mistakes.

    bottom line, he’s one of the best fighters in the UFC right now. He’s paid to fight, not live the way we want him to. every single person on the face of this earth has said or done something that contradicts what they believe in or how they act.

    Grow up guys. Nothing here is ever gonna change the world. Maybe if you put this much thought in productive activities, you would be on top, and not just debating on useless stuff.

    • MuayThaiFood

      That pretty much sums it up…well said.

  • simonsays

    This comment is not directed a JJ but the majority world view in general. When Athlete X wins, “he is a man.” When Athlete X does something morally or ethically stupid, “he is just a kid.”

    JJ’s manager is doing what everbody else is doing and that is defending his client as just a normal “24-year old kid” who messed up.

    Messing up is not my issue, we all do. My issue is that we give a pass to a 24-year old by calling him a kid. Don’t call 24-year old kids, let them “man up” by calling them grown men.

    Our definition of mature and manhood are whacked. We call guys men when they do great feats of athletic prowess and fistic violence. When guys have great moral failures, “they’re just immature and still young.”

    Manhood and maturity cannot be separated. A focus on the larger issue is worth discussing.

  • Exkickboxer

    It doesn’t matter what we think. His case will be handled in a court of law, and whether we agree or disagree with the verdict, he will be judged by a jury of his piers.

    If we dig deep enough, we can find skeletons in everyone’s closet.

    It doesn’t matter to me if he is a great athelete, an ass, a nice guy, etc. It doesn’t matter if he is mature or immature.

    Yes, I agree that what he did was dangerous and stupid, but he made a mistake. Everyone messes up. Fame can go both ways in cases like this. People are so quick to say Just because he’s this or that he has to be held to a higher standard. That’s B…S….

    Everyone in this country is entitled to the same rights as the next guy, and one of those rights is “You are innocent until proven guilty. I’m not saying he’s not guilty. I’m saying reserve your judgement, until you hear the entire case.

    Because no one was hurt or worse, the important thing now, is that he learns from this. If he gets jail time, probation, or if he just gets a fine. If he comes out of this an advicate against alcohol abuse, drug abuse, etc., and follows through with it, then a bad situation evolves into a good cause.

    This portion is for somecokehead:
    Dude, everyone at one time or another acts in a different way than what they are trying to portray. The fact that he is famous and did that only enforced the fact that these guys are human. As far as his religious conviction, don’t judge that. LIke I said before, worry about your own image.
    I really think you need to re-evaluate the “God isn’t one for giving false warnings” statement.