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ESPN’s Mark Jones Now Mocks a ‘MAGA’ Fighter’s Broken Jaw

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Mark Jones, one of the most promoted play-by-play commentators on ESPN, is again mocking people’s injuries because of their political beliefs.

Last night, Jones began liking random tweets from accounts with under 200 followers because they made fun of UFC fighter Colby Covington for suffering a broken jaw in a fight over a year ago. Jones is not some UFC fan who has gotten wrapped up in the brutality and art of the sport. Jones is cheering Covington’s facial damage because Covington has previously expressed support for Donald Trump.

This is not the first time Jones has cheered when people have gotten injured. Less than a year ago, Mark Jones liked several tweets praising the NFL player who ended “MAGA” Nick Bosa’s season:

Think about how miserable Jones has to be to enjoy Bosa and Covington’s injuries. That’s not passion — that’s hate. Yet, his bosses at ESPN still refuse to discipline him. Apparently, ESPN thinks an athlete’s suffering is rather amusing as long as he or she is conservative.

But of course, Jones does not limit his hatred to athletes alone. Earlier this year, Jones celebrated Rush Limbaugh’s death moments after Limbaugh’s wife, in tears, announced he had died of lung cancer.

Limbaugh may have been a controversial figure, but he was also a human being with a life and a family. Agree with his opinions or not, his family, friends, and supporters were grieving at that moment, just like so many families do when they lose a loved one. Anyone who celebrated his death is enjoying the pain of a family.

Unsurprisingly, ESPN refused to comment on Jones’ tweets about Limbaugh. Jones got away with that one too.

As sick of a man as Jones is, the responsibility falls on ESPN executives. Because Mark Jones is a black man who likes tweets attacking conservative white men, ESPN is afraid to acknowledge Jones’ behavior. Instead, ESPN’s mostly white executives feel obligated to prove they are not racist, which includes making exceptions to corporate policies for black employees. It’s pathetic.

If a white, male ESPN broadcaster had sent or liked any tweets that celebrated an injury to a liberal, black athlete — ESPN would’ve fired him before Jemele Hill even got the chance to weigh in.

ESPN has different rules for white men, white women, black women, black men, liberals, and conservatives. At ESPN, the pyramid of victimization decides which rules and exceptions to enforce. Because of Mark Jones’ skin color, politics, and supposed enemies — he has the green light to say and do whatever he wants.

ESPN even allowed Jones to denounce police officers as racist murderers:

Jones is also allowed to call the sitting president a terrorist. Don’t worry, he did so while Donald Trump was still in office:

In April, Jones went on national TV during an NBA game and announced to millions of viewers that the police shot Jacob Blake while he was “unarmed.” That’s a lie. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession, video footage showed Blake carrying a knife, and investigators found a knife in Blake’s vehicle.

Mark Jones is a creep and a liar, and ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro doesn’t feel he has the job security to do anything about it.

He certainly won’t say anything to Jones about this latest attack against Colby Covington. By doing nothing, Pitaro sends a clear message: select broadcasters at ESPN are now allowed to mock UFC certain athletes with impunity. ESPN and the UFC are broadcast partners. The UFC must be furious that their exclusive partner would condone this type of behavior, and make no mistake, by remaining silent, ESPN is condoning it.

I don’t call for networks to fire anyone. But Mark Jones is disturbing, hateful, racist, and — quite frankly — so replaceable that his downside has long outweighed whatever upside ESPN saw when it elevated him last year.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. “broadcasters at ESPN are now allowed to mock UFC athletes with impunity.”

    Not true. Assuming ESPN still has white male broadcasters, they are not allowed to criticize blacks or women. White women are not allowed to criticize blacks. And if by chance (however unlikely) UFC features a transgender competitor, that person will be off limits to all races and both genders.

  2. Your last point is a good one. His broadcast style is actually super milquetoast and rather boring. Most of the time I don’t even notice that it was him that broadcasted a particular game. It’s not like listening to Marv Albert, nor even over the top bad like Booger MacFarland. He’s white noise(nyuk), you forget there is a commentator. Easily replaceable.

  3. IIMO … This does not “prove” anything about ESPN that was not “proven” and reconfirmed numerous times over the past 6-8 years. Going back to the halcyon days of Jon Skipper … Remember that human train wreck?
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  4. It’s actually stunning how ESPN could take what was as close to a monopoly as you can get in an open industry with essentially 100% approval and adoration and in the span of 5+ years completely run it into the ground like they are. It’s similar to Clay’s take on the USWNT. Going from basically 100% support to a fraction of that so quickly is insane.

  5. If you still watch espn, especially when they employ people like this, you ARE part of the problem. However, if you continue to focus on reporting about the nonsense like this going on at espn does, like Outkick does every….single….day….you are also contributing to the problem.

    • I don’t agree. I haven’t watched ESPN for 3+ years other the occasional CFB game. But I appreciate these OutKick reminders of how overtly Woke-Racist the network has disintegrated into. … If I was ever tempted to sneak back and watch, these reminders stop me.

      I would be curious how many Outkick regular readers DO still watch ESPN’s studio shows ??? Probably more than we might think.

  6. Pretty sure he’s married to a white woman so he really needs to prove his blackness. Also he’s pretty lite skinned so he could have some white in him which I’m sure makes him super pissed. Haha. What a loser.

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