Jon Jones: Is His Recent Low Profile a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIJune 29, 2012

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Several weeks ago, undisputed UFC 205-pound linchpin Jon "Bones" Jones was charged for a DWI offense after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole. Since that incident, the New York native has gone to ground which, for his sake, was a good step to have taken.

What also came to light on that fateful night was the fact that Jones had two female occupants in his car, neither of whom was his fiancée Jessie Moses, the mother of his two daughters.

There has been no indication that Jones was playing away from home, yet mud has a tendency of sticking even in the right place and at the right time.

At 23, Jones became the youngest-ever champion in the history of the Zuffa-based promotion when he unseated then-titlist Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Since then, he’s been the focus of the media's attention and has had to deal with everything that comes with being an MMA superstar—adulation and vilification, more so the latter.

Now that he's keeping a low profile, Jones can take time out of his hectic celebrity lifestyle as well as take stock of his meteoric rise to fame and thus put things into perspective.

Here is a young man with the world at his feet—a phenom with the potential to reach MMA immortality, not to mention sporting-icon status. The DWI offense is a blessing in disguise, because when Jones comes back to the MMA fold, he'll come back a much stronger and mature Jon Jones.

For now, his squeaky-clean image is on the back burner, and he'll just have to weather any storm that is directed his way as best as he can.


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