Add UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to the list of people who are not overly impressed with Richie Incognito, the Miami Dolphins player currently embroiled in a bullying scandal.
In a radio interview Tuesday with The Sports Junkies on Washington, D.C.'s 106.7 The Fan, Jones told interviewers he would "kill" Incognito if given the chance.
"I’d kill him,” Jones said, according to a transcript of the exchange. “Someone tweet him, let him know I’d smoke him. Easy."
Though Jones was obviously joking, he did seem aware of and agitated by the public accounts of the drama surrounding Incognito, who was suspended indefinitely by the Miami Dolphins after accusations surfaced that he had bullied teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team two weeks ago.
The case has made national headlines and added fuel to an ongoing discourse over bullying in the workplace.
Incognito, an offensive lineman who was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012, has a long history of behavioral issues and personal problems.
While playing football in college, he was dismissed from the University of Nebraska despite his star potential following a litany of personal problems, including multiple fights and spitting on an opposing player.
Incognito then transferred to the University of Oregon, but was kicked off the team a week after joining it because of unspecified issues.
Despite this baggage, he was drafted into the NFL, where he acquired a reputation for dirty play and confrontation with players and coaches. In the wake of Martin’s departure from the Dolphins, a now-well-publicized voicemail from Incognito surfaced. In the call, Incognito hurled brutal insults at Martin, including a racial slur for African-Americans.
Jones, 26, won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2011 and has since defended it six times. His older brother, Arthur, is a defensive lineman for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens. His younger brother, Chandler, is a defensive lineman for the New England Patriots.
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