Target: Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Goal: Praise the UFC for stripping Jon Jones of his UFC title after a hit-and-run incident.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) suspended light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and stripped him of his UFC title after he allegedly ran a red light and hit another car, injuring a pregnant woman who was driving. He then fled the scene.
An Albuquerque police officer reached the scene shortly after and said that Jones returned to his rental car and grabbed money he had in the car, only to flee again. Jones turned himself in to police a day and a half after the accident.
Jones has a record of incidents that the UFC has been pretty lenient on up until this point. Before beating his opponent, Daniel Cormier, in January, he tested positive for cocaine. No punishment was given because the World Anti-Doping Agency does not ban it out of the competition. Jones also got into an altercation with Cormier after a press conference and drove his car under the influence in 2012. President Dana White said that, “You can only give a guy so many shots.”
The UFC did the right thing by taking swift action and stripping Jon Jones of his title. Too many times, we see high-profile athletes getting away with horrible behavior because of their status. Please sign the petition below and thank the UFC for holding their athletes accountable.
Dear President Dana White,
I want to thank you for your quick and decisive actions toward light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who allegedly fled the scene at a hit-and-run accident. Stripping him of his title and suspending him is more than appropriate for his reprehensible behavior.
Jones allegedly left a pregnant woman hurt and did not take responsibility for his actions until almost two days later. This woman and her unborn child are lucky that they did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Jones has a long list of incidents, such as driving while intoxicated, getting into brawls outside of the UFC, and doing cocaine. He is not someone who properly reflects the standards that the UFC holds.
It is refreshing to see the UFC take a hard and firm stance on the behavior of its athletes. Many times, high-profile athletes are treated leniently by their companies and they get away with their horrible behavior. Thank you for not allowing Jones to continue his horrible track record of bad behavior.
[Your Name Here]
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