By all means, let’s discuss what’s likely and what isn’t, since it seems like we may never know the truth about this strange incident. The story from Jon Jones and his management is that he lost his phone, which was presumably picked up by some troublemaker who decided to use it in order to pose as the UFC light heavyweight champ on social media. And what did this malicious impersonator do once he had access to Jones’ accounts, as well as, one assumes, his full list of contacts? He went on Instagram and posted homophobic comments aimed at some Swedish guy who had, coincidentally, recently criticized Jones on Twitter. Near as I can tell, that’s all he did, which would pretty much make him the most subtle or least ambitious “hacker” in history.
If you have access to Jones’ Instagram and you want to make him look like a homophobe, there are so many better ways to do it, not to mention ways that are far more likely to get noticed. But instead you use your access to, what, lash out against a social media critic of the very person you’re supposedly hacking? I can’t say it’s impossible, but it strains belief.
So what did happen? UFC President Dana White implied that the problem was too many people in Jones’ inner circle having access to his social media passwords. I suppose it’s conceivable that some buddy of his thought he was helping the champ out by defending his honor on Instagram with all the tact and dignity of a seventh-grader, but why not just say that if that’s what happened? At least it’d be more believable than this hacker story. Or is it a lost phone story? Or was the phone stolen, all with the brilliant endgame of leaving mean comments on some dude’s Instagram?
I don’t know, but if I were to get all Occam’s razor on it, I would probably have to conclude that the likeliest scenario is one that involves a lapse in judgment by Jones, followed by a lot of enablers helping him avoid responsibility. Either that, or somewhere out there is a hacker who really needs to aim higher.