Former UFC champion Daniel Cormier isn’t celebrating Jon Jones’ latest trouble with the law.
Last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was charged under DWI and illegal possession of firearms.
Daniel Cormier has no ill towards Jon Jones despite the fact that the pair have fought two times and their rivalry is one of the greatest that the UFC has ever seen. Jones has beaten Cormier all two times, although their second fight Jones tested positive for a banned substance and the result has been overturned into an NC.
Daniel Cormier recently appeared on the Ariel Helwani Show and was asked about Jon Jones’ recent DWI arrest. Here’s what he said:
“For a guy that has these issues, whether it be alcohol, whether it be drugs, that dead time is your worst enemy,” Cormier said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Because all those vices start to pull at you, especially when you’re sitting at home with nothing to do, especially if you’re not a person who does that a lot. Seeing him get into trouble again, a lot of people in my circle, they text me almost celebratory. That’s not me. I didn’t celebrate the kid getting in trouble again. I don’t think that you should celebrate or dance on someone’s grave in their darkest moments. You don’t do that to people.
“Ultimately are you a human being, or does this competition overtake everything? I didn’t take any joy in seeing that kid – or, at 32, he’s a man. He was a kid when he was 23. At 32, I did not enjoy seeing that man in that situation again, because it’s just bad.”
Daniel Cormier insists that Jon Jones should change his inner circle
Daniel Cormier also has a solution for Jones’ regular trouble with the law. He said that the key to Jon Jones’s change is for the people around him to change.
“When it was happening, people started putting us these videos of Jones and I when we did a sit-down with Joe Rogan a while back, and I was talking about how it would be very difficult for him to change if nothing around him changed,” Cormier said. “It won’t change. It won’t change until something around him or the people around him change. …
“I’ve got to be honest: For as much as I don’t enjoy that and bask in it, it’s not going to change, until someone takes a drastic action to show that the behavior is unacceptable. You’ve got to imagine how many times he’s done this. From the drug failures to the getting suspended, it’s all elevated. It’s gone from bad to worse.” (H/T – MMA Junkie)
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