Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Jon Jones is trying to make lemonade out of a bunch of lemons. Possibly, considering the circumstances, that "hard lemonade" you drink when even light beer is too manly for you.
The point? Sometimes you just have to swallow the bitter with the sweet.
Jones made a huge mistake earlier this year, wrecking his Bentley and putting his passengers and other drivers at great risk. He should simply apologize, change his behavior and move on with his life, wiser and less dangerous to the world around him.
Instead, Jones looked for the silver lining. And, in typical Jones fashion, it isn't the right one.
"My DUI set me free," Jones said. "It set me free from a lot of expectations. I was trying to be perfect for people. That's why people called me fake. I was trying to be the golden boy of the UFC."
He didn't tout a new appreciation for the sanctity of human life until later in the interview. It felt like an afterthought. It's clear the biggest impact his DUI had on him was "setting him free."
That's the wrong lesson and a pretty clear indication of rampant narcissism.
I'm amazed someone encouraged Jones to go on television with this material. I'm amazed the UFC and FX allowed it. Remarkably bad judgement shown by all parties here. I don't think this was the time to dredge up a situation that is months old at this point.
Jones, more than anything else, needs to go back to being an athlete. With a microphone in front of him, he's a walking disaster. In the Octagon, he's one of the best we've ever seen.
Focus on your strengths, Jones, and hit the next person who suggests you bare your soul on national television with a spinning elbow.