ESPN reporter retracts statement that Jones not paid by Gatorade


Jon Jones agent Malki Kawa recently announced a milestone for a figure in MMA - a Gatorade sponsorship for UFC lightheavyweight Jon Jones.

“This is a historic day for UFC competitors,” said Kawa. “Gatorade is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Jon has earned this relationship through hard work, determination, and pure dominance inside the Octagon.”

Then ESPN's Darren Rovell made some curious tweets, saying Gatorade was allowing Jones to wear their logo, but that he was not getting paid anything.

darren rovell ‏@darrenrovell
•Despite reports that Jon Jones has signed a Gatorade deal, Gatorade official says there is no contract, no $ changing hands.
•Gatorade official says company has sent product to Jon Jones, will allow him to wear logo, but not paying him $
•Gatorade does not do standard one offs like Jones, but are clearly seeking to test waters.

Next to tweet was Kawa.

malki kawa @malkikawa
Don't believe everything you hear...

Turns out Kawa was right.

Last post from Rovell was a retraction of sorts.

darren rovell ‏@darrenrovell
Jon Jones’ 1-fight deal with Gatorade does involve some compensation. He is not wearing their logo for free.


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ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

9/22/13 10:47 PM by ranier wolfcastle

i found it interesting  that after 5 rounds of hell he was not drinking the gatorade he was holding to fulfill his contract

GregNoActionJackson site profile image  

9/22/13 8:32 PM by GregNoActionJackson

I said the same thing last night. Most fighters shorts are covered in various logos but Jones just had Nike and Gatorade two of the biggest brands in sports. His price tag has gone up significantly.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

9/22/13 8:23 PM by time traveling 12er

I think JBJ is doing the smart thing with his sponsorships. He basically had Nike and Gatorade, only big name sponsors. It raises the bar on who sponsors him and it make it much more attractive for companies to throw more money at him to try to end up on the same platform as Nike and Gatorade.

MMA Playwright site profile image  

9/22/13 7:14 PM by MMA Playwright

Looks legit to me. Guess that settles it.

Lebronfloppedhisnutsonmyface site profile image  

9/22/13 2:01 PM by Lebronfloppedhisnutsonmyface

Holy EFF Excellent find!

KingofBJJ site profile image  

9/22/13 2:00 PM by KingofBJJ

Not only was he drinking Gatorade at the ring interview, but he kept the bottle visible in his belt.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

9/22/13 1:25 PM by time traveling 12er

Actually some sponsors pay nothing. It depends on what you sell and how many fighters you sponsor.

TempestPrime15 site profile image  

9/22/13 10:42 AM by TempestPrime15

made my day

PettisBendownedMeForMe site profile image  

9/22/13 10:19 AM by PettisBendownedMeForMe

I concur, premature ejac anyone lol.

JetSetter site profile image  

9/22/13 9:49 AM by JetSetter

I realize that most people on here are dumb fuck young kids but if you're dumb enough to think jones wore the Gatorade patch on his shorts for free the you're even dumber fucks than I realized.