Jon Jones has criticised the media coverage of a traffic violation which was reported to have put his title fight with Daniel Cormier in doubt.
News broke on Monday that Jones had been issued a citation for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance, and would have to appear in traffic court on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is currently on parole following a hit-and-run incident last April, and it was suggested that the traffic citation may violate the terms of his parole.
However, Jones has vehemently denied this and has slammed the manner in which the incident has been blown out of proportion, with the true nature of the violation revealed to have been a routine traffic stop at which Jones was found not to have the necessary documentation on him at the time.
As a result, Jones’ fight with Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 was never under threat, and the former light heavyweight champion has expressed his frustration that the focus has switched to a traffic violation rather than his bid for the title.
I’m interested to see how many “journalists” show up to the court room on Wednesday to report this career changing masterpiece.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 8, 2016
Jones also posted a video on Instagram in which he underlined how he has turned his life around.
“Guys, I’ve gotten my sobriety back, almost five months sober now, living happier and healthier,” Jones said. “[I] got rid of a lot of people who didn’t need to be in my life. Completed 65 appearances, talking to the youth in the community, about to win a world title in a few weeks and they’re talking about tickets?”
Jones will be fighting Cormier for the second time when they meet in Las Vegas in April, having defended his title against the 36-year-old at UFC 182 last January.