Patriots could void Chandler Jones’ contract if he fights MMA star brother
New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (above, left) previously stated that not only would he like to take on his brother Jon “Bones” Jones (above, right) on his sibling’s turf — the MMA — but that he could also beat his older brother.
While the Patriots have indicated the team would not prevent Jones from engaging in throwdown against his brother, any fight could be grounds for the team to terminate the player’s contract.
TMZ reached out to the Patriots for comment on the possibility of a Jones-Jones bout and the Patriots VP of Media Relations indicated under no uncertain terms that the defensive end could end up without an NFL job with the team should he choose to engage in an MMA match, although it was conceded that it in all likelihood it is more talk than anything.
“It’s not a matter of if we’d allow Chandler to fight his brother. We can’t stop the players from doing what they want. But he might be voiding his contract obligations to the team if he went out and did it.”
The rep continues, “Without getting into a specific contract, there have to be clauses [in contracts] that protect the team … restrictions of physical activity that would risk injury. Whether it be skiing, jumping out of a plane or riding a motorcycle without a helmet in a state that requires one.”
“I think they’re having fun, but do I think fighting is something they’re actually serious about? No.”
Jones, who said he and his brother “used to fight all the time when we were young” previously stated his interest in fighting his brother — “I’m pretty sure I can take him down now,” he said — and indicated it would be for charity.
“It will be fun if we actually did a one-round match for charity … that would be fun,” Jones said, via TMZ. “If I win, he would have to donate to the charity of my choice and vice versa.”
Whether a bout between brothers will ever come to fruition — an unlikelihood given the Patriots’ stance — Rob Gronkowski, always a whirling dervish of activity and compelling comments, told TMZ recently that he has been training his teammate to prepare for a bout.
Speaking of Gronk, the Patriots spokesperson reached for comment equated the possible Jones-Jones melee to how Gronkowski and his siblings cannot help but engage in competitiveness.
“They’re brothers. They have a sibling rivalry,” the rep said. “Take the Gronkowski brothers … there’s not a Gronk among them that would say Rob’s better at anything.”
(photo credit: Kevin Richardson, Baltimore Sun)