Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion, made headlines for the wrong reasons last week after homophobic slurs were posted from his Instagram account.
Jones claimed his account was hacked, and a new interview with MMAmania helps to shed more light on the controversy.
Allegedly, it was the work of an employee who had access to social media accounts, and either forgot he was still logged in to the Jon Jones Instagram, or simply didn’t care.
“I don’t know if the dude thought he was logged under his name, or he knew he was logged in under my name, but by the time I found out all that stuff had happened I was like… It had been up on the internet for hours and Malki called me and he was like ‘did you write some sexual slurs to the fans’ and I said ‘what are you talking about bro?’ I was actually at Verizon getting a new cell phone. He said ‘let me send you something’ and he sent me all the messages. Right away I was like ‘ahhhh.’ I realized how crazy it was and right away I tried to figure out how this happened and who did this.”
Malki is Jones’ manager, and the unnamed employee has since been fired. The whole mess prompted the changing of all passwords, but the damage has already been done.
“No one believes me about it, but it’s one of those things where the people who decided to hate me are never going to believe me about it. So I just have to continue to be me.”
Jon Jones fights Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26, and hopes to successfully defend the light heavyweight title for the eighth time in a row.
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