Jones was born in Kobe, Japan and raised in Carson, California. He is the son of Lorene, a computer analyst, and Clarence Jones, a professional baseball player and the hitting instructor for the Cleveland Indians. His parents later divorced. Jones graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California. As of the mid-2000s, he is married to Nancy Jones and has three children: Aubrey, Sydney, and Elijah Ware who is now living with Richard's Aunt and Uncle Evelyn and J.R.
Jones married Nancy Robinson in October of 1996. They had met two years earlier at an L.A. restaurant where she worked as a waitress.