UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones reached a plea deal Tuesday on multiple charges. The charges include DWI and firearms violations, based on an early morning arrest March 26 in Albuquerque, N.M.
“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 said.
“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.
However, Jones will have to do four days of house arrest, one year supervised probation, 90 days of outpatient therapy, and will be fined $500 per the terms of the deal.
Jones will avoid jail as long as he satisfies these terms.
“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.”
In addition, Jones has a pattern of interactions with law enforcement. Although considered by many as the greatest in MMA fighter in history, controversy surrounds Jones.
In 2012, he was charged with DWI after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in upstate New York. Later in 2015, he was charged with hit-and-run after injuring a pregnant woman in a collision in Albuquerque.