Jon Jones has done much worse things in his life than Nick Diaz, and he officially has received a slap on his strong, possibly greatest of all time wrist. Yes, it’s two completely different legal bodies, but I can’t go through this article without bringing up the fact that testing for coke while in competition is seemingly no issue compared to Nick Diaz passing two drug tests and then slightly pops on a third, then gets a FIVE YEAR BAN.
Yeah. So, either way, Jon Jones went to court today, and he received 18 months probation for a 4th degree felony of crashing into a pregnant woman with his car, which had weed in it (don’t care) then fleeing into the mountains on foot like some sort of maniac. The UFC, for their part, released a statement saying they will soon release a statement:
The UFC organization is aware that Jon Jones reached a plea agreement with authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico this morning stemming from charges associated with a motor vehicle accident earlier this year. As a result, UFC, through Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams, will thoroughly review the agreement before discussing Jones’ possible reinstatement to return to competition.
More information will be made available following completion of this review.
Now, here’s Jon Jones’ official statement through his management:
OFFICIAL JON “BONES” JONES STATEMENT With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me. My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others and for that I am truly sorry and I accept full responsibility. I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. I have learned a great deal from this situation and I am determined to emerge a better person because of it. I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends as well as my supporters. I am not sure what the future holds for me but I plan to continue to do the work needed to be productive and successful in every aspect of my life. “
Yes, it took Jon Jones getting caught injuring someone then fleeing (while potentially of sound mind), to finally come to the realization that he should be a better person.