Breaking: Mike Jones Speaks Out About Latest Ted Haggard Revelations

Jim Burroway

January 25th, 2009

In a new, emotionally charged YouTube video, Mike Jones voices his anger with New Life Church and their past refusal to admit what they had known all along: that there were others in the church who had had a sexual relationship with then-Pastor Ted Haggard. In this video statement, Jones reveals that he tried to contact New Life Church when others were coming to him with stories about similar contacts with Ted Haggard:

I knew that there were others, others that I could not publicly out. They had to do it themselves. But they were scared. Some of their parents knew about what was going on at the church. And some of the parents just wanted to turn a blind eye to it.

I also realized it was going to be just probably me, out there all alone facing the press, facing the criticism.

Now when Brady Boyd took over as pastor of New Life Church, I contacted him. I wanted to talk to him about these other young men that were coming to me with their stories. This was serious.

And you know, Pastor Boyd refused to meet with me.

Mike Jones also talks about what he endured — including from within the gay community — after revealing his sexual contact with Ted Haggard. Mike expresses considerable anger over what he went through, particularly those who  dismissed him as “just a whore” who was “just escorting.”

But the greater part of his anger reserved for New Life Church, which for the past two years maintained the fiction that Mike was the only person Ted Haggard had sexual contact with — even though they knew differently:

[M]ost of my anger is at New Life Church. For over two years, I have suffered being all alone out there, taking all the heat for all that’s going on. For all this time, they knew there were others. And they paid hush money to this man to be quiet, when they could have admitted it, that there were others right at that moment. And that would have helped me out so much, instead of putting me out there to face it all on my own.

I am so angry at the church. They stated at that time that Mike Jones was the only man out there that had relations with Ted Haggard. And it’s wrong and it was a lie. And they owe me an apology.

Watch it:

[Video filmed and edited by BTB’s Daniel Gonzales on behalf of Mike Jones]

Transcript of Mike Jones’ Remarks:

My name is Mike Jones. I am the man that exposed pastor Ted Haggard.

And I wrote a book that was titled, “I Had To Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard’s Fall.” Now if you think I just came up with that title because it was catchy, it’s not why I did it. I had to say something, and I wanted people to understand what brought me to that point in my life in that decision.

I knew that there were others, others that I could not publicly out. They had to do it themselves. But they were scared. Some of their parents knew about what was going on at the church. And some of the parents just wanted to turn a blind eye to it.

I also realized that it was going to be just probably me, out there all alone facing the press, facing the criticism.

Now when Brady Boyd took over as pastor of New Life Church, I contacted him. I wanted to talk to him about these other young men that were coming to me with their stories. This was serious.

And you know, Pastor Boyd refused to meet with me.

With all the recent news that’s coming out right now, I hope people understand why I had to say something. Because if I hadn’t said something, this would still be going on at the church. And it’d probably be even worse.

I’ve always been a bit disappointed in the gay community and some gay groups. I have been ostracized by the gay community. I contacted groups like the Human Rights Campaign when my world was coming apart for help. They refused to even return my phone call. In Denver, I have been spit on, I’ve been yelled at, I’ve been called just a whore. And I would be lying if I didn’t say that hurt.

But I am sick of people also making decisions based on headlines. Do you know just the other day, the LA Times printed something about the upcoming documentary coming out, and stated that Ted Haggard and Mike Jones did drugs together.

I never did drugs with Ted Haggard. Never.

Ted Haggard has said it’s a good thing Mike Jones spoke up. Otherwise he would probably be a drug addict and he would probably continue his deceitful path.

The reason I am saying this is because no one else will. So if you want to continue with your nastiness towards me and your jokes, I want to ask you to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What have I done to make a difference in this world?”

I risked everything and I paid for it. I lost my privacy, I suffered financially, I lost my home, I lost friends, I lost family over this.

I cannot speak for others, but I know what my intentions were and my motive. I wanted to expose the injustice and the hypocrisy. That’s why I did it. I didn’t do it for fame and fortune.

But I will tell you right now most of my anger is at New Life Church. For over two years, I have suffered being all alone out there, taking all the heat for all that’s going on. For all this time, they knew there were others. And they paid hush money to this man to be quiet, when they could have admitted it, that there were others right at that moment. And that would have helped me out so much, instead of putting me out there to face it all on my own.

I am so angry at the church. They stated at that time that Mike Jones was the only man out there that had relations with Ted Haggard. And it’s wrong and it was a lie. And they owe me an apology.

New Life Church has hurt me deeply. And I guess because they think I was just escorting, that I’m just a useless piece of meat out there. And it has hurt me deeply.

Thank you for listening.

Trooperz

January 25th, 2009

…Seriously?

I’m not entirely sure what Jones’ goal was with producing this video. Does he honestly expect sympathy from the church’s/ gay community’s/ Colorado’s demonizing of him? While I can certainly empathize with Jones on the church’s lies about Haggard’s sexual exploits, I don’t feel too bad about Jones’ current situation.

If he doesn’t like being talked about as ‘a piece of meat’, then why choose to be a prostitute?

I’m sure the book profits, radio deals and media exclusives more than make up for his inability to meet married closeted gay men. Call me insensitive, but I don’t hear much substance to his pleas of sympathy.

jOHN

January 25th, 2009

I think what he is trying to say is that the church hid the fact that there were others with in the church that had sex with TH. But the church portrayed it as a just with TH and an escort thing…possibly trying to place the blame on him and his profession. In turn making it an out of the church incident and saving their power with the members.

It would have been easy for MJ to do nothing, which I am sure most in his situation have done and continue to do. I am not saying that MJ should be considered a hero but what he did was brave and not as self rightest as some would think.

homer

January 26th, 2009

Why am I not surprised that Haggard’s former church covered up things?

Daniel

January 26th, 2009

Kudos to Mike Jones!

We live in such a puritanical country, one where sex workers are derided and frequented by everyone, including public offiials and pastors.

This matter was never about sex. It was and is about hypocrisy.

azpueblojim

January 26th, 2009

How much of what drives Mike Jones is the desire to extend his 15 minutes?

Paul in Marietta GA

January 26th, 2009

I don’t think it’s a matter of 15 minutes of fame so much as MJ has become a fighter for the truth. Just another oddity in the end, kinda like John Wayne Bobbitt. I’d love to hear MJ turn this energy towards something like the Trevor Project or other agency that focuses on helping young at risk gay teens.

So far, all I hear is a victim screaming for justice. But I’ve not quite figured out what the crime was in this case.

Mikael Gatsby

January 26th, 2009

I’m really shocked at everyone here talking about how much this is Mike Jones just trying to “extend his fame”. Seriously. He didn’t come out as a male escort sleeping with a religious leader for the glory. Think about it. Would you want to do that?

Pull your claws out of the guy and look at him for what he is, someone with a story that he needed to share.

Alex H

January 26th, 2009

I think Mike Jones is incredibly courageous! He had the guts to step out of the shadows and expose Ted Haggard for the hypocrite that he is.

Jones is the one getting the short-end of the stick as Haggard basically goes on with his charade…wife and kids in tow.

For those who are condemning Jones, you walk a mile in his shoes and then judge him.

Mike

January 27th, 2009

I don’t think it’s a matter of 15 minutes of fame so much as MJ has become a fighter for the truth.

Jonathon

January 27th, 2009

I think that we in the gay community do owe Jones many thanks for helping to bring down one of the most odious anti-gay voices in the religious right. Haggard’s voice is silenced (well, most of the time it is) and he has no credibility within the religious right nor within larger society. Haggard can’t push hate against us any more.

Having said that, I do wonder why he is offended by being called a “whore”. True, it is a rude word but he was/is a sex worker, wasn’t he?

So thanks, Mike, for taking down Haggard. But let’s get on with life, shall we?

JW Richard

January 27th, 2009

Well, I guess Mike Jones should be glad he is a man, because had he been a woman things could have been even worse.

This seems to have more to do we view sex workers in this country, male and female. And the church isn’t alone in giving the “shade”.

I respect him for being honest and wish him peace for his now publicly painful journey.

Ajax

January 27th, 2009

The first (of possibly many) other men who Haggard had sex with has spoken out, on Colorado Springs TV http://www.krdo.com/global/story.asp?S=9735640 . This kid wouldn’t have come forward if Jones hadn’t paved the way.

I think our community owes Jones gratitude for silencing a hypocritical homophobe.

Just for the record, to whoever implied Jones made money on his book deal, please check with someone in publishing, they will tell you there’s no profit for a first time author in a book with 5000 press run.

Curious

October 3rd, 2011

When did the “relations” take place? Does anyone know?

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