UFC champion Jon Jones has broken his silence on his recent issues with the law after pleading guilty to DWI to avoid jail time.
The light-heavyweight champion was arrested last week for allegedly driving while intoxicated and negligent use of a firearm.
Jones pled guilty to a DWI this week and will receive 96 hours of community custody (house arrest),48 hours worth of community service, one year of supervised probation and a minimum 90 days of outpatient therapy.
The fighter finally spoke out on the incident and released the following statement: ‘While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times.
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‘I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans.
‘I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol.
‘I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most.
‘I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. I very much look forward to putting this behind me.
‘Thanks you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.’
The Bernalillo District Attorney’s office confirmed Jones has pleaded guilty to the DWI charge and explained how the coronavirus lockdown would affect his plea deal.
‘Jon Jones pleaded guilty to his second DWI,’ a statement read.
‘The incident happened on March 26, 2020 outside a downtown Albuquerque nightclub, just two months after his probation ended following an incident at an Albuquerque strip club.
‘Jones took responsibility for his actions early on in the case and in doing so the state agreed to 1 year supervised probation.
‘Normally, the State would be requesting a pre-sentencing report and a recommendation to Substance Recovery Court. However, due to COVID-19, it is not clear the program can accept anyone at this time.
‘It is also the reason that we are agreeing to the four days on CCP with 90 days for turn-in (the metropolitan jail just reported a new case of COVID-19).
‘Jones is still required to complete a minimum of 90 day outpatient treatment, maximum fines and fees, community service, and all other requirements of reporting to probation.
‘His attorney and Mr. Jones have been made aware that if he fails to do this, the State will seek to impose the balance of any jail time without regard for any exceptional circumstances.’
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