It was exactly one week ago that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones used his platform for good during this global coronavirus pandemic we’re all dealing with.
At a time when social distancing is paramount to stopping the spread of COVID-19, Jones used a meme to share some sage – if also snarky – advice with his 2.3 million Twitter followers.
In all caps, it read:
FIRST TIME IN HISTORY
WE CAN SAVE THE HUMAN RACE BY LAYING IN FRONT OF THE T.V. AND DOING NOTHING
LETS NOT SCREW THIS UP
Now fast forward to Thursday, with the news breaking that Jones was arrested early this morning on charges of driving under the influence and negligent use of a firearm, among other things, in his hometown of Albuquerque, N.M.
How could Jones let this happen at a time like this when New Mexico is under a stay-at-home order? There couldn’t be a worse time for Jones to allegedly be drunk in public and shooting a gun.
We all know Jones’ history of run-ins with the law, which has included drug and alcohol abuse. Still, if you’ve been paying attention to his social media posts since everything went haywire with the coronavirus outbreak in this country, he’s been a breath of fresh air during an especially toxic period of President Donald Trump’s (lack of) leadership.
“Right now our part is to stay at home, stay happy, stay positive, keep a positive mindset, keep a positive outlook,” Jones said March 21 in an Instagram video. “I promise you we’ll get through this thing.”
Maybe Jones’ arrest shouldn’t be all that surprising. But it is – to me, anyway. Everything was going so well. What a shame.
I’ll leave you with this from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto:
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