Mother of Keaton Jones Creates Massive Controversy in Latest Social Media Post
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, it’s likely you’ve heard of Keaton Jones on social media. The young man from Tennessee was featured in a video that went viral online where he recounted instances of traumatic bullying to his mother.
The video saw many celebrities reacting and reaching out to Keaton and his family on social media, including identities like UFC president Dana White, pop stars Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, actor Chris Evans, MMA fighters Joe Schilling, Kenny Florian and Rashad Evans, UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and NFL star Delanie Walker.
Keaton’s mother Kimberly has now kicked a major hornet’s nest after images of her posing with the Confederate flag were found to be circulating on Facebook.
That viral video of #KeatonJones talking about being bullied is heartbreaking, and I feel sympathetic towards that child.
But his mom, Kimberly on the other hand, is a suspected racist who makes very problematic posts bullying Black protesters #TheIrony pic.twitter.com/NUhidunP8z
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) December 11, 2017
A PayPal and GoFundMe account was created by Kimberly to try and get donations for herself and Keaton, with MMA fighter Joe Schilling posted about a woman claiming to be Kimberly messaging him and saying she wanted to use her son’s distress as a “platform”. The user said “What happened to use whites sticking together and helping one of another against the predator? [sic]”
UFC president Dana White had previously reached out on Twitter to try and find Keaton in order to lend his support and to bring him out to Las Vegas to visit the UFC headquarters. Many mixed martial artists on the UFC roster then participated in a video for Keaton, sending messages of support to the young man.
Light heavyweight champion of the UFC, Daniel Cormier, told Keaton in a video posted on Twitter that he had friends in the UFC and that people were willing to stand with him, whilst rising lightweight star Paul Felder told him to stay strong and to use negative words from bullies as fuel so that “one day you’ll be looking down on those people who wasted their time making fun of you.”
Meet Keaton Jones a very smart little boy who is being bullied at school. This video is heartbreaking!! I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters. If anyone knows how i can reach the family please let me know. Thank u everyone pic.twitter.com/BR8c4ldDFc
— Dana White (@danawhite) December 10, 2017
“Keep your head up… do not let them break you,” said former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. “That’s when they really win.”
Hey, #KeatonJones – you have friends here at the UFC, buddy. Today and everyday. #StandWithKeaton @Lakyn_Jones | @DC_MMA @TWooodley @FelderPaul @SugaRashadEvans @KennyFlorian pic.twitter.com/ZxX0cY1bu7
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley told Keaton that his video touched his heart and that no one had the right to abuse or bully him.
Hopefully, this overwhelming show of support for Keaton from people around the world will not be soured by his mother’s actions. At the time of writing, none of the UFC fighters noted above has commented on whether Kimberly had been in contact with them to request donations. The actions his mother may have taken need to be explained, but hopefully, Keaton will be kept out of the crossfire this time.