CM Punk slams Nike for getting Jon “Bones” Jones as endorser
WWE superstar CM Punk is angry with Nike — claiming that the sportswear giant is sending a bad message to kids by signing UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones as their endorser — just when he was recently convicted for being a drunk driver.
According to reports, Nike announced that the company signed Jon “Bones” Jones to a major global endorsement deal on Wednesday. Moments after the announcement was made, CM Punk took to Twitter his sentiments, writing “LEt’s reward more drunk drivers with endorsement deals! #responsibility”
While it was not confirmed that the wrestling star was referring to Jon “Bones” Jones, the UFC champ is the only high-profile athlete that recently got involved in a drunk driving case and who also had a major endorsement deal.
As previous reports have stated, Jon “Bones” Jones got convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol on May 19, where he accidentally crashed his Bentley into a utility pole.
Meanwhile, CM Punk — who does not drink nor smoke — is said to be one of the most vocal MMA supporters in the wrestling world over the last few years. He also did a lot of interviews with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani and filming Gracie jiu jitsu breakdowns for the legendary family’s YouTube channel.
At one point, CM Punk was even going to accompany Chael Sonnen to the cage for Sonnen’s UFC on Fox 2 fight in the wrestler’s hometown of Chicago, but it was ultimately shut down by Vince McMahon.
The TV persona of CM Punk depicts a straight-edge lifestyle (no alcohol, no drugs, no smoking cigarettes) and over the years, he has made it clear that his straight-edge persona is not an act, and he’s lived by that lifestyle off camera longer than he has on it.
Punk — whose real name is Phillip Jack Brooks — is a seven time World Champion, having held the ECW Championship and ROH World Championship once, the WWE Championship twice, and the World Heavyweight Championship three times.
In addition to his championships, CM Punk has also won the World Tag Team Championship together with Kofi Kingston, and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, making him the nineteenth WWE Triple Crown Champion and the man to achieve this honor fastest at 203 days. Between WWE and Ring of Honor — where he is also a two-time World Tag Team Champion — CM Punk has won a total of eleven championships. He was also the winner of the 2008 and 2009 “Money in the Bank” ladder matches (the only wrestler to win the match twice in a row), and was the 2011 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner.