Is Roy Jones a Terrorist?

By Robert Ecksel on August 22, 2015
Is Roy Jones a Terrorist?
“I don't think there have been any others like you in the world.” (Aleksey Nikolsky/Reuters)

Jones was probably unaware that he had broken any laws. But as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse…

During a recent visit to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia last year, Roy Jones Jr. briefly met Russian President Putin for small talk and a photo op.

Everything was going fine until Jones, with a straight face, asked Putin, “I want to ask you about maybe having a passport to go back and forth, so that I can do business here, because all the people here seem to love Roy Jones, and I love when people love me.”

Putin smiled.

“I don’t think there have been any others like you in the world,” the Russian President said, “at least, not in boxing.”

Instead of leaving well enough alone, Jones appeared on RT News to clarify, if that’s the right word, his desire to be both an American and Russian citizen.

“I can come and go as I please,” Jones said. “I can come, and I can go, so that’s the most positive. Because being able to go and come makes me feel like home and home. Now I don’t have to be a visitor. I’m home and home. So I have two homes. Two homes are better than one.”

There’s no arguing with the fact that two homes are better than one, unless one happens to be Ukrainian.

Anton Gerashchenko,  Ukrainian MP and Interior Minister’s top adviser, wrote on his Facebook page that “American boxer Roy Levesta Jones was included into the ‘Peacemaker’ database as a violator of the state border” and has been placed on Ukrainian blacklist of “traitors,” “separatists,” and “terrorists.” That’s not all. Gerashchenko wants to open a “criminal case” against the 46-year-old boxer under Article 332-1 “violating the state border of Ukraine.”

According to, Jones, who is in Sevastopol this weekend to take part in a boxing show, crossed the border “illegally.” Furthermore, the top adviser in the Interior Ministry claimed that Jones was paid a “certain sum of money” by the Russian authorities to “promote” Vladimir Putin’s working visit to the region.

Jones was probably unaware that he had broken any laws. But as the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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  1. Beaujack 08:38pm, 08/23/2015

    Koolz, you should stick to your own advice. Just stick to boxing…

  2. Koolz 11:42am, 08/23/2015

    would you stop posting your damn Politics on your site you don’t know what’s going on!
    Don’t be morons like the rest of Zionist News propaganda.

    Crimea voted to be with Russia it’s always been for Russia. 

    Ukraine you mean country that Israel wants back the one they created an illegal coup with.  Agents of Nuland and Kagan(Monstanto)
    I won’t even go into it.  Just stick to boxing.

  3. KB 07:56am, 08/23/2015

    A prime Roy was a terrorist in the ring

  4. Eric 06:51am, 08/23/2015

    Wonder if people had a problem with FDR & Churchill being buddies with “Uncle Joe?” FDR & Churchill had to be aware of what was going on in the Soviet Union before befriending “Uncle Joe.” MILLIONS of Ukrainians and others literally starved to death or were executed in the 1932-1933 Holodomor. Two of the chief orchestrators and architects of the Holodomor, Geinrikh Yagoda and Lazar Kaganovich are two of the biggest mass murderers in history. Kaganovich lived to be nearly 100 years of age, and was never convicted of any sort of war crime or even spitting on the sidewalk for that matter.

  5. stephen tarr 04:48am, 08/23/2015

    he has no business going there and he did it for the worst reason of all money. He is now being used to get support for russias cause, ok go live in possibly the most corrupt country in the world, That place he went is ukraine not russia so i guess he is an illegal. Being photo`d with a smile shaking the hand of putin is as low as you can go without killing someone, does he know that his support for putin is the same as support for any evil regime thousands of innocent russians and ukrainian deaths are the sole result of putins policies

  6. glen 05:06pm, 08/22/2015

    Who cares? That’s his personal decision. I hope he is happy. Stop judging him.

  7. nicolas 03:46pm, 08/22/2015

    He believes he is popular in Russia, if it is probably because he got starched by Lebedev.

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