Jon Jones (pictured) could have been locked up for more than a year following April’s felony hit-and-run arrest where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm. Instead, the former UFC light heavyweight champion was levied just 18 months probation.
Jones issued a statement through his EAG Sports Management team shortly after Tuesday’s hearing.
“With regards to today’s decision made by the court, I am very happy to now be able to put this incident behind me,” Jones expressed. “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.”
Jones will be back in the cage wreaking havoc soon enough, just as he does in the intersections in Albuquerque. Thankfully for him, from a PR perspective, EAG didn’t mention any of that in today’s statement.
Unlike Jones’ buffoon attorney who stupidly told reporters, “He wants to get down to training for this fight he has. He wouldn’t want to be dealing with this right now, but he’s a great guy, he’s taking all this seriously,” after Jones posed for another mug shot.
The UFC temporarily suspended Jones and stripped him of his light heavyweight title immediately after April’s arrest. The UFC is expected to lift that ban shortly following today’s plea deal.