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Trash talk in MMA puts asses in seats, and thus a very great deal of it is manufactured. However, sometimes enmity between fighters is real, and Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is as real as it gets. But when DC heard Jones had been arrested yet again, he was not happy.
"That's not me. I didn't celebrate. I didn't celebrate the kid getting in trouble again," Cormier said on Monday's edition of DC & Helwani, as transcribed by the great Jeff Wagenheim for ESPN. "I don't think you should celebrate or dance on someone's grave in their darkest moments."
"I think the UFC needs to save him. Keep him, but then really try to help him try to get better."
"For a guy that has these issues -- whether it be alcohol, whether it be drugs -- that dead time is your worst enemy, All those vices start to pull at you, whenever you're just sitting home with nothing to do, especially if you're not a person that does that a lot."
One of Jones' greatest liabilities, from a fan perspective, is that he does not embrace who he is, but rather characteristically preaches sweetness and light, all the while behaving all too human. Jones recently published a useful shelter in place message on his social network.
And then, of course, he drove around, allegedly drunk, and allegedly shot a firearm.
"That's the biggest problem," said Cormier said." It's just not real. It's never been real. ... So when he's on the front line saying, 'Stay at home,' you know that at night, the moment he gets an opportunity, he sneaks out and does whatever he wants. That's what people with problems do. And this kid has a problem."
"I hate seeing a young, black athlete in that situation even more than my disdain for him. I don't like seeing that because it's almost what people expect. And I don't want that to be the way it is or these young athletes. ... It's like watching Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry all over again."
Cormier said he was speaking with empathy - he spent five days in jail as a college freshman following an arrest for fighting,
"I thought my life was over," said Cormier. "As a 19-year-old kid - had not even wrestled a match in college."
Cormier's mother took out a second mortgage to help pay for the hospital bills of the unfortunate who ended up on the other side of his fists. DC has never gotten in trouble with the law again.
"One time was enough to get me to go, 'You know what? Don't be stupid, Daniel,'" said Cormier. "But for other people, they just do it over and over again."