Jon Jones Releases Statement, Expresses Disappointment In Self
Jon Jones released his first public comments since a late March arrest, stating that he knows he has work to do on himself.
As the world awaits word to re-open due to the coronavirus, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is finding himself searching for his own answers.
Jones was arrested late last month after officers found him in his vehicle with a handgun and half-empty bottle of alcohol.
After reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors that includes serving four days of house arrest and one year of probation, Jones released a statement through his representative, Denise White, to MMA Fighting.
“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,” Jones stated. “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. Thanks you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”
The decision to give Jones house arrest was in large part to coronavirus, as the Albuquerque, New Mexico jail recently confirmed a positive test was found in the system.
In a previous statement, the UFC said they were aware of the situation and were gathering further information before proceeding. Jones has been stripped of the title before, but with events up in the air at the moment, there is no real need to rush into that concerning the light heavyweight title.