UFC's Jon Jones Vows to Take Action to Stop Riots After Video Surfaces of Him Confronting Rioters
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UFC star Jon Jones joined Fox News show "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday to discuss the fallout from a recent viral video where he was filmed confronting rioters who were vandalizing the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt started by asking Jones how he ended up on the streets and why he was encouraging people to stop vandalizing the city.
Check out the video below of Jones confronting rioters:
“Our whole country needs to be remembering the legacy and the life of George Floyd and instead, they are out there spray painting vandalizing and looting and you did the right thing. Why did you do that?” Earhardt asked.
Jones replied by stating that he had received a call from one of his friends about a protest. According to Jones, by the time he arrived, the peaceful protest was done and people were rioting and vandalizing property.
“A lot of people are just hanging around still and the vandalism started right away,” Jones said. “And I just noticed that no one is speaking out everyone is just kind of scared of these hooligans attacking over the town and I’ve never seen anything like it. No police were around anywhere and people were just doing whatever they wanted at places I like to hang out at and I felt like a coward I was just watching people do whatever they wanted in our community so I just started to talk to people to say hey, just kind of realized how much danger I was in by all of these people asking them not to do certain things and finally, I just started taking things from people, and a teammate ended recording the situation and I guess it went viral.”
The Fox News host followed up by asking Jones if there was a message he wanted to send to the violent looters and rioters.
“At the end of the day, these are our relatives that are out there and these are our next door neighbors, our nephews, our nieces, our uncles, so we need to communicate,” Jones said. “All we did last night, I had a bunch of friends and ex-military guys together, neighbors, and we became like our own little local non-violent police force for our community, and we work well with our police and last night we had a protest, and we were our town’s police, our own vision and it worked out great. There was absolutely no violence we waited until the crowds dispersed and we policed our own crowds and we had a few vandalism moments, and we approached that with lots of flashlights and ex-military guys with lots of flashlights and we were very intimidating.”
The UFC champion continued by saying that people can make a difference in their communities by being positive and peaceful.
“I’m not asking guys to put yourselves in danger but I am asking to use your voice, and do what you can,” he said.
WATCH this video below of Jones helping his community:
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