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UFC fighter Jon Jones understandably got no resistance from a pair of protesters carrying spray cans when he confronted them in New Mexico.
The longtime UFC light heavyweight champion was seen in a video Sunday attempting to thwart the plans of would-be vandals, confiscating the cans of spray paint they may have been thinking to use in their so-called protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
All time great UFC fighter Jon Jones taking spray cans off protestors 👀 pic.twitter.com/kMsmkG8kpp
— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) June 1, 2020
“Give me the spray can,” Jones repeatedly demanded of one apparent black-clad protester in Albuquerque after he had followed another into an intersection to take away the spray paint he was carrying. They wisely complied.
The mixed martial arts star snatched the can away and vented his disgust in an Instagram post along with the video later.
“Is this s—t even about George Floyd anymore,” the two-time undisputed UFC champion asked in the caption.
“Why the f—k are you punk a-s teenagers destroying our cities!??” he demanded
“As a young black man trust me I’m frustrated as well but this is not the way. We are starting to make a bad situation worse,” he wrote. “If you really got love for your city (505), protect your s—t. All you old heads need to speak up, call your young family members and tell them to come home tonight.”
Jones’ Twitter feed has been full of comments related to a bitter battle with UFC president Dana White, and he appeared to acknowledge that he would be giving up his light heavyweight title. But Jones was busy helping his community in the wake of the protests that have spread across the nation.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 1, 2020
👏 Jon Jones out helping rebuild his community pic.twitter.com/fpkejHt61u
— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) June 2, 2020
“I called upon some of the men of Albuquerque, New Mexico and quite a few showed up,” he told a group on Monday as he vowed to keep the city’s streets safe.
“We are fathers, we are brothers, are business owners, we are members of this community and we don’t want to see you spray painting for no reason. We don’t want to see you guys throwing rocks through windows for no reason. We don’t want to see you guys breaking down hard-earned businesses for no reason,” he warned. “Tonight we’re gonna try and stop as many of you as we can.”
“We come in peace. We’re going to use our voices, our numbers and were going to be the difference,” he said.
Jones, who also led a prayer with police officers, did post praise for the city of Albuquerque amid the Floyd protests, noting that “now the looting is almost nonexistent.”
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 2, 2020
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