Jon Jones is undoubtedly one of -- if not the biggest -- star Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has on its roster.
So, fair or not, the former light heavyweight champion received special treatment from the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion when it came to punishing him for his transgressions.
But, after his hit-and-run accident, which left a pregnant woman with a broken arm and a totaled rental car (see pic here) that also had marijuana in it abandoned in the middle of the road, Dana White and Co. decided enough was enough.
So last night the promotion made the difficult decision to strip "Bones" of his belt and suspend him indefinitely (details).
White appeared on ESPN's Sports Nation to talk a bit more about the promotion's decision to punish and sideline Jones, saying that this was his last chance after having been giving so many before.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"A lot of people know, Jon's had a lot of chances. This one was his last chance. He's got to handle his business outside of the Octagon and then we'll see where he goes from there. Obviously, he's one of our biggest stars. He was on his way to becoming one of the greatest ever, and he's got some legal problems he's got to deal with now. So we suspended him, stripped him of the title, and he's got some work to do outside of the sport. Then we'll decide when he comes back."
Among the chances Jones was given was allowing him to fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 earlier this year despite the fact that he tested positive for cocaine prior to the event. You know, "because it was his right to do so."
Even though the promotion never informed Jones that it was aware of his failed test until after collecting its box office haul.
In 2012, Jones was involved in another traffic accident after he drove his luxury Bentley into a pole in New York after he decided to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. And though not because of legal circumstances, the promotion was forced to cancel an event for the first time in its history after Jones refused to accept a last-minute fight against the aforementioned Sonnen at UFC 151.
In the midst of all of those woes, UFC continued to push and promote Jones as one of its brightest employees while others -- it's safe to say -- would've have likely earned the hammer almost immediately.
Nevertheless, UFC has declared that it would support Jones throughout his latest scandal. He just won't be fighting for them anytime soon.