UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones has pinned the blame for homophobic comments made on his Instagram account on a PR company he uses.
The 26-year-old fighter's account raised eyebrows after he appeared to post several gay taunts and slurs at a fan who had criticised his comments about Alexander Gustafsson. Initially the blame had been pointed towards his phone being stolen, with his manager telling journalists his phone had been stolen and then Jones tweeted he'd been hacked and had to get a new phone. With this being around the time of Heartbleed virus, it was believed to be true.
However, an article on Newsday had Jones blaming it on a PR company he uses.
"At the time, the whole situation looked sticky because Malki was saying I lost my phone, which I did, but it had nothing to do with this whole situation. It’s one of those things that the people who have decided to hate me will never believe me about it," said Jones.
The changing of the story certainly hasn't helped the credibility of the story with one reddit user called thIsisnotanexit saying: "Perhaps the person didn't realize he/she was using JJ account ... 5 times? What's the name of this PR company again? What PR company employee would do this regardless of what account they were using?"
Fight week is always a busy time for UFC fighters, even more so for those in the main event bout and the topics for Jones last week seemed to be about everything but his opponent, Glover Teixeira - whom he dealt with comfortably this weekend.
Even during a showdown photo with Teixeira did another fighter steal the spotlight from the main event with fellow light heavyweight 'Mr. Wonderful' Phil Davis sneaking in a quick showdown photo with Jones. Davis, who fights Anthony Johnson at UFC 172, has been vocal about wanting a title shot ever since Dana White said he thought Davis was fine taking big money fights rather than title shots.
He's one of the younger contenders in the division, so it makes sense that the UFC has lead with the likes of Teixeira and Rashad Evans, both 34, in recent bouts.
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