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Jon Jones pleads guilty to DUI

UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones made an appearance in a New York court room this morning where he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. As a result the 24-year old had his driving privileges suspended and will submit to further evaluation for “alcohol abuse and dependency”. Two related charges for making an illegal turn and deviating from a proper course were dismissed.

Jones’ was taken into custody a little more than a week ago after crashing his car and showing signs of intoxication in the eyes of responding officers. He was bailed out shortly thereafter and has been relatively quiet since other than an apology to fans.

According to a report from area outlet Press Connects, “Bones” will return to court on June 19 to address any further repercussions from the incident including the possibility of a $1,000 fine and year in jail (though it is unlikely he will spend time behind bars based on the circumstances and guilty plea).

The 16-1 Jones is still expected to face Dan Henderson on September 1 at UFC 151 assuming he stays out of trouble until then.

Check out a local report from WBNG Action News featuring Jones’ arrival at the courthouse:


  • AlphaOmega says:

    According to that one story, isn’t this the second time in a yr he’s had his licensed suspended?

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’m no expert but if he had some sort of driving infraction/license suspension in a different state, I’m not sure how much bearing it would have on his DUI case in NY. I doubt you can just move to a different state to wipe your driving record clean, but at the same time since the driving laws & penalties vary by state the infractions wouldn’t seem to just stack on top of each other.

    Regardless, I’m surprised by the guilty plea. You almost always see ‘non-guilty’ as the initial plea, as a basic formality, which then leads to the subsequent negotiation/plea offers/decision on whether to go to trial. Maybe this approach is intended to fast-track the entire process so he can put it behind him. Might also be somewhat of a PR maneuver (accountability for his actions, etc). Whatever the case, I’m sure he had plenty of legal advice that helped him reach that decision. But I’d think the biggest risk is that by copping to the actual DUI charge it’ll be stuck on his record (first time offense often gets reduced to lesser charges, such as reckless driving), so if screws up again down the road he’ll be looking at stiffer penalties & less wiggle room to negotiate a plea. Obviously he doesn’t plan on putting himself in that position again but…didn’t exactly plan on taking on the pole with his Bentley either. We all know alcohol clouds our judgment but plenty of people still end up doing really stupid stuff once they’ve had a few too many.

    But hopefully Bones learns from this incident. He’s hardly unique. I wish I could say I had never driven after consuming alcohol. Fortunately this incident turned out the way we wish they all did – with no major harm, and the only resulting damage to the person who made the foolish decision.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I think we’ve all had moments in our lives where, the next day, we’ve said to ourselves “I could have been dead…. OK, that was my one mulligan, time to smarten up”. Well, some folks probably only get half-way through that thought; they don’t tend to live too long.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, personal freedom is a hell of a thing. Chlorine for the gene pool.


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