Jon Jones, UFC champion, faces allegations of threatening a woman tasked with collecting his urine for a drug test

Jones was interviewed by phone on Saturday and expressed discontent with Romero, alleging that Romero's actions violated federal patient privacy laws.Credit: Getty

Jon Jones, UFC champion, faces allegations of threatening a woman tasked with colle

Jones was interviewed by phone on Saturday and expressed discontent with Romero, alleging that Romero's actions violated federal patient privacy laws.Credit: Getty
Jones was interviewed by phone on Saturday and expressed discontent with Romero, alleging that Romero’s actions violated federal patient privacy laws.Credit: Getty

UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones found himself in legal trouble as he was arrested following allegations of assault and threats against a drug testing agent, according to authorities in New Mexico.

The incident unfolded after a complaint was lodged by Crystal Martinez, a worker responsible for collecting drug test samples. Martinez, accompanied by a colleague, visited Jones’ residence in Albuquerque at an early hour of 4 a.m. on March 30. Their mission was to gather urine samples for a surprise drug test mandated by Drug Free Sport International, a contracted entity working with the UFC.

Neither the UFC nor Drug Free Sport International, nor Jones’ manager, responded immediately to requests for comment on the situation.

In a statement shared on his Instagram account, Jones acknowledged the encounter but claimed that one of the sample collectors involved had behaved unprofessionally. He admitted feeling frustrated but maintained that the interaction concluded on a friendly note with no threats issued.

According to Martinez’s account detailed in a police report, Jones expressed dissatisfaction with the collection process and initially struggled to provide a urine sample. Martinez suggested conducting a blood test as an alternative, which allegedly further aggravated Jones.

Allegedly, Jones threatened legal action against the two sample collectors, as recounted by Martinez. She also expressed concerns that Jones might have been intoxicated during the incident, adding another layer of tension to the encounter.

With the looming possibility of UFC fines for failing to produce a urine sample on the spot, Jones reportedly left the scene with Jerome Romero, his colleague involved in the sample collection, only to return later with a sample.

During the interaction, Jones purportedly picked up Martinez’s phone and began recording the encounter, as detailed in the police report. The recorded video allegedly captured Jones making derogatory remarks about Martinez and her colleague.

Martinez claimed that Jones approached her closely and made threatening statements, including references to harm coming to people who visit his home early in the morning.

Despite Martinez’s request for the return of her phone, Jones allegedly refused. Martinez admitted feeling fearful for her safety but hesitated to terminate the session due to concerns about potential UFC fines.

After Jones and Romero left to procure a urine sample, Martinez seized the opportunity to retrieve her phone and promptly informed her supervisor of the situation.

Upon Romero’s return, Martinez noted his distressed demeanor, indicating that Jones’ behavior had been hostile throughout the encounter.

Martinez expressed her intention to pursue charges against Jones, despite alleged discouragement from her supervisor, who advised waiting for the UFC’s response.

Jones vehemently denied Martinez’s accusations, labeling her a liar and refuting claims of threats against her or her colleague. He attributed Martinez’s dissatisfaction to his use of offensive language during the collection process.

In his version of events shared with the police, Jones maintained that he merely expressed concerns about the early morning visits and the potential dangers they posed.

Jones was interviewed by phone on Saturday and expressed discontent with Romero, alleging that Romero’s actions violated federal patient privacy laws.

The police issued Jones a summons to appear in court, charging him with assault and interfering with communications. Although the summons served as his arrest, Jones was not taken into custody or booked.

This incident adds to a series of legal troubles for Jones, including previous arrests and suspensions, notably for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident and a domestic battery charge.

Despite his tumultuous history, Jones remains a prominent figure in the UFC, having claimed the heavyweight championship in March 2023 with an impressive record of victories.

The UFC implemented a new anti-doping policy in late December, entrusting Drug Free Sport International with conducting surprise sample collections to uphold the integrity of the sport and ensure fair competition among athletes.

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