Anthony Smith is unhappy by the way the media has made his home invasion story into a rivalry with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Last month, an intruder named Luke Haberman broke inside Anthony Smith’s house. Smith got into a fist-fight with the intruder who has a history of mental illness.
Luke invaded Smith’s house through the garage door that he had left open. Smith pointed out that he lived in a nice neighborhood and it was not uncommon to leave their car doors or garage door open. The invader fought Smith hard and gave him all he could handle.
Following this incident, Jon Jones weighed in on this issue and said: “glad Anthony is OK, no way dude would have left my house walking.” This resulted in a back and forth shot between both the fighters.
Anthony Smith unhappy with the media
Anthony Smith is unhappy by the way media made the entire incident into a rivalry with Jon Jones. Speaking to MMAJunkie, he said that he understands the way media works, but is unhappy with it as it played right into Jon Jones’ narrative.
“They took a story I didn’t want to tell anyway and took it from this disaster that happened in my house and turned it into Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith, which is exactly what Jon Jones wanted. That’s why he said something. It’s an opportunity for Jon to get in the media, he does it all the time. Any time Izzy (Adesanya) fights, who do you hear from? Jon Jones. Whoever. Name your goddamn person. Anytime Jon can get some, he’s going to get some. I can’t believe the media was OK with Jon using this opportunity to get his in,” Smith said.
“I’m not out here attacking the media. I’ve never been the fighter to attack the media. It’s a double-edged sword. We can run on morals but let’s not pretend like morals drives traffic and draws attention to your site. I get that. I just don’t have to like it. I understand it for sure. If Jon Jones is going to tweet at me and be an asshole on something personal, I get it. If you’re not going to write about it or retweet it or comment on it as an MMA outlet, you’re missing because someone else is going to. I get it. Clicks and likes and traffic matters. I understand that, but I don’t have to like it. I’m not out here attacking the media. It’s disappointing. It sucks,” Smith said.
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