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Video shows police car headbutting Jon Jones, telling officers: ‘Hurt me and kill me’

New video shows former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones headbutting a police car and shouting obscenities at officers on the Las Vegas Strip after being arrested in the early hours of 24 September 2021.

Jones also allegedly directed racial slurs at the officers, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained the body-worn camera footage after the former UFC champion reached a plea deal with the prosecutors; he was first arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and harming or tampering with a vehicle.

At several points in the sequence, Jones’ voice comes out. A public record request for the unedited video is pending with the Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas.

The vehicle charge stemmed from ‘a medium-sized dent as well as some peeling paint on the vehicle’ which Jones headbutted after an emotional outburst, prompting several of the officers to intervene to calm the fighter. At least six officers could be seen in the video.

Jones erupted after being handcuffed to a police vehicle and became more agitated as officers attempted to question him. He repeatedly said he was fresh out of his UFC Hall of Fame induction and accused officers of targeting him because of his race.

“Humble me [on] my Hall of Fame night,” Jones was heard saying on the video. “You fucking nerd. I hate you. I hate you! I hate you! Fucking nerd. I hate you so much.

“Say your name publicly. … You turned me into my Hall of Fame party, just because I’m tall and black. And what did I do? …. I just came from my hall of fame ceremony, and I’m black, and I didn’t do anything to you.

At one point, a distraught Jones said to an officer, “Brother, hang me. Hurt me and kill me. What did I do?” Then he yells, “A black man can’t drink? Get elected to the Hall of Fame, and that’s what I get?

Jones begins to jump up and down and is told to relax before shouting, “I hate you!” and hitting the car with his head.

As Jones is led to a police cruiser, he begins to comply with the officers’ orders.

“Jon, you need to relax, do you understand? said an officer.

“Yes sir”, replies the ex-champion.

“You did it, sir, because you’re on video doing it,” the same officer shouts. “Relax!”

“It’s going to be on YouTube tomorrow,” Jones said later, appearing to refer to someone filming the interaction. “Look at him.”

The arrest came shortly after police were called to a domestic disturbance at Caesar’s Palace after Jones was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame for his 2013 fight against Alexander Gustafsson. Hotel security observed Jones’ fiancée, Jesse Moses, bleeding from the nose and mouth. She later gave a statement to officers and admitted that Jones had gotten “a little physical” with her in front of their three children.

Jones was arrested and taken to jail after resisting arrest, according to a police report into the incident. He was released the same evening after posting bail. The 34-year-old fighter later pleaded nolo contendere to a lesser misdemeanor charge of destruction of property.

Jones’ arrest came the same evening he told reporters he planned to return to the octagon in the second quarter of 2022 to make his heavyweight debut. He hasn’t fought in the UFC since a light heavyweight title defense in February 2020. He later relinquished the belt amid a contract dispute with the promotion.