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Jon Jones says he was ticketed for drag racing, denies wrongdoing

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Jon Jones wanted fans to hear it from him first.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he was pulled over in his car last week in Albuquerque and given five tickets, including one for drag racing. Jones said he didn’t do anything wrong and was absolutely not drag racing in what he said was a 35-mph zone.

This is only news because Jones is on probation after a felony hit-and-run incident in April 2015. Jones ran a red light in a rented SUV and struck a vehicle driven by a pregnant woman, breaking her arm. He pleaded guilty and was given a conditional discharge by a judge in Albuquerque in September. If he completed 18 months of probation and 72 appearances of community service, Jones would not get any jail time and the felony would be wiped away.

Last week, Jones said he was driving home from having dinner with his teammates and pulled up at a red light next to some fans. Jones said he didn’t really want to talk, so he jokingly revved his engine at the red light, causing the fans to cheer and laugh. Once the light turned green, Jones said he proceeded and a second later he was pulled over.

Jones, 28, said he had barely gone 10 yards from the stoplight when the officer pulled him over. Jones said things got “heated” between him and the cop when the officer accused him of drag racing. The fighter said the officer ended up giving him five tickets.

“I definitely wasn’t drag racing,” Jones said. “I got emotional and said some things that I probably shouldn’t have said to a police officer.”

Jones said he regrets some of the things that he said, but he became very emotional because just ….View full article

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