Albuquerque, NM – While protesting his innocence, a former UFC champion was recently recorded on body cam video calling a cop a “fucking liar” and a “pig” after receiving five tickets related to alleged drag racing. Although the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) released footage of the incident, the video does not actually show the MMA fighter breaking any laws.
In a police body cam video recorded on March 24, APD Officer Brown pulls over former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Despite the fact that Brown immediately accuses Jones of drag racing, the police video suspiciously does not possess any footage of the alleged crime.
“I did not break the speeding limit all,” Jones asserts while pulling out his license, registration, and proof of insurance.
“I didn’t say you broke the speeding limit,” Brown interjects.
“And I did not take off at a high speed,” Jones continues. “I cannot wait for you to prove that I was drag racing because I know for a fact that I wasn’t. So nice try.”
Before walking back to his patrol car to run Jones’ paperwork, Brown orders, “Sit tight. I’ll be with you in a minute. Cut the attitude!”
After returning to Jones’ white Corvette, Brown smugly informs the former champ that he is receiving five tickets for drag racing, revving his engine, having a loud exhaust, driving out of his lane, and obstructing part of his license plate. Although Jones is accused of drag racing, he does not receive a speeding violation. Instead of handing over the citations for Jones to sign, Brown finally asks, “Did you have something you wanted to say, Mr. Jones?”
“Yeah, I do,” Jones answers. “Is your thing recording?”
“It’s always recording,” Brown replies. Yet if his body cam is “always recording,” then why didn’t the police release any footage of Jones’ alleged crimes or the moments that led up to their confrontation?
As Brown incessantly interrupts him, Jones asks, “Do I have that right to talk?”
“You do have that right to talk,” Brown finally responds.
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“Okay. Then give me my right and let me talk,” Jones demands while enduring repeated interruptions. After admitting that he revved his engine while parked at a red light, Jones defends his innocence declaring that he did not race anyone and did not break the speed limit. With Brown again accusing him of drag racing, Jones calls the cop “an absolute fucking liar.”
With Brown threatening to arrest him for not immediately signing the citations, Jones picks up his phone and says, “I’m going to call my lawyer to ask him about this paperwork. I’m sure I have the right to do that, buddy… Fuckin’ liar. I can’t believe you.”
“Well believe it, cuz I’m not joking,” Brown replies.
“For no reason,” Jones affirms. “Fuckin’ with me for no reason. What’s your name?”
“Officer Brown,” the cop answers. “It’s on your ticket, sir.”
“Can’t fuckin’ believe you,” Jones reiterates. “You’re ridiculous.”
“Just doing my job,” Brown retorts.
“No, you’re not just doing your job,” Jones contradicts him. “You’re fuckin’ picking this Corvette out for no reason and blaming me for all this shit that you know isn’t true. You’re ridiculous… I used to really respect…fuckers like you.”
While signing the documents, Jones refers to Brown as “despicable” and a “pig.” After handing the tickets back to the officer, Jones sarcastically remarks, “Hope you made your quota this month.”
“So do I,” Brown responds.
In a statement released on Monday, Jones explained, “I was not drag racing nor was I speeding. I did not get a speeding ticket. I was driving within the speed limit of the 35mph zone. I feel that police used a technicality to ticket me for drag racing, for simply revving my engine and acknowledging some of my local fans. I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.”
At the age of 23, Jones became the youngest champion in UFC’s history by winning the Light Heavyweight Championship in March 2011.
“For the police to be correct, the judge is going to have to find that Jon revving his engine constitutes drag racing,” declared Jones’s attorney, Vincent Ward. “He wasn’t speeding, he was not driving recklessly. All Jon did was rev his engine to acknowledge a fan.”
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