Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who many consider to be the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport’s history, appears to have dodged yet another bullet. He won’t have to serve jail time after last week’s arrest.
TMZ first reported the news early Tuesday night.
In a statement released by his rep Denise White, Jones stated that he reached a plea agreement with the Albuquerque district attorney’s office. The full statement is below:
“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.”
“I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans. This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA’s office. 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.”
“Thank you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”
Jones was arrested March 26 on four charges, including DUI, negligent use of a firearm, possession of an open container and no proof of insurance in his vehicle. Jones pleaded guilty to DUI and the other charges were dropped.
He agreed to one year of supervised probation. Jones will have to serve 96 hours in a community custody program. During that time, he’ll wear an ankle monitor so authorities can make sure he stays at home.
According to officials via TMZ, Jones must “complete a minimum of 90 day out-patient treatment, maximum fines and fees, community service and all other requirements of reporting to probation.”
He can still “use marijuana during his probation, as long as he has a valid medical card.”
The UFC light-heavyweight champ has another chance. Like I’ve been saying since this latest debacle, I don’t see the promotion stripping him of his belt.
A suspension could be coming, though.
Jones’s future hopefully consists of a successful trip to rehab. If not, any run-in with law enforcement in the next 365 days will land him behind bars.