The latest excruciating episode in the “Jon Jones Sucks” reality internet melodrama comes from Franklin “Sources” McNeil on ESPN’s MMA Live, where he revealed some interesting information through one of his many sources:
“He felt so bad about the card being cancelled, he was willing to pay the fighters on that card their fees. But after all these attacks on him by other fighters, he chose not to do that. He feels really bad about this situation and did not expect the entire card to be cancelled.”
This can be taken one of two ways: as a selfless thought by Jones who had no responsibility to cover any other fighter’s expenses. Or seeing as Jon Jones’ public image is about one step higher than Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin’s, it may very well be viewed as a way of purchasing loyalty.
Certainly Jones cannot be blamed for not wanting to give thousands of dollars to Charlie Brenneman, who bashed him on Twitter, or to any other fighter who decided to publicly vilify him. That’s his choice to make. Shit, I wouldn’t throw any ends to someone who bashed me either. But taking into account his many recent public relations missteps, this will likely be viewed as just another in a long line of incidents that makes Jon Jones look like an arrogant prick.