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Wednesday, 05/23/2012, 07:48 am

Dana White Speaks out on Jon Jones Arrest; Plea Bargain Expected | UFC NEWS

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones met with UFC President Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta last night to address Jones’ recent drunken driving arrest, according to the Boston Herald.

Jones wrecked his Bentley into a utility pole early on the morning of Saturday, May 19. He was not seriously injured. In the aftermath of the wreck Jones posted an apology to his personal Facebook page that many criticized. That apology has since been removed.

Compounding Jones’ problems, it was also recently reported that the 205 lbs. fighter had previous vehicle-related run-ins with the law, having been charged with driving with a suspended license and loss of traction last year. Prior to the revelations of Jones’ legal problems, the mixed martial arts star had a very clean-cut reputation.

When he spoke to the Herald about what he hoped to cover in his meeting with Jones, White said he was “super disappointed and bummed out.”

“It’s really sitting down and figuring out what is it you want to do. You’re 24 years old. You could be a force in this sport for the next 10 years and go down as the greatest ever — beat everybody, do all this stuff, be the first guy to break through and get a Nike deal, the first guy to get Gatorade and all these other things.

“Do you want to be that guy or do you want to go the other way? You can go the other way, too, and you can be the total bad guy, make a few million here or there and then go tell everybody to go ‘f-ck off.’ It’s no different whether it’s the UFC, boxing, the NBA, [or] the NFL.

“It’s [about] the guys who really focus and get their sh-t together, no matter how old you are — whether you’re 21 or 31. That’s what we’ve got to figure out: where Jones is at and what he wants to do. The road is littered with talented guys who didn’t live up to their potential.”

It was also reported on last night’s “UFC Tonight” broadcast that Jones is scheduled to appear at the Binghamton City Court on Tuesday, May 29, to be arraigned. If things go smoothly, this could lead to Jones being offered a plea bargain by the district attorney’s office, allowing him to avoid trial and a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.


43 Responses to “Dana White Speaks out on Jon Jones Arrest; Plea Bargain Expected | UFC NEWS”

  1. Greg says:

    I dislike Jones and think he’s arrogant and in some ways a bad example. But we all make mistakes, and the dude is entitled to be given a second chance. Dana is fair with the fighters, generally speaking.

    • spiritsplice says:

      Nothing wrong with cocky if you can back it up. Not every champ needs to act like a Buddhist monk. Who wouldn’t be arrogant at his age with what he has accomplished? In reality, Jones is pretty tame. The big issue with him is his pretend Christianity. It’s all about god when you win, never hear about him when you lose.

      “You never hear an athlete say, ‘Jesus made me fumble the ball.'” George Carlin

      • Greg says:

        I’m a Christian and I think he lays it on thick. Like he uses God as an insult when he says smugly “I’ll pray for you” to somebody, like they’re a Godless POS. But he is the P4P best fighter in my mind. Forget Hamill fight — Jones is undefeated.

        • spiritsplice says:

          He is good but most of it is genetic. He is no Anderson Silva in terms of skill.

    • Shawn says:

      Well considering this isn’t his first offence. And he was let off on his first offence. Wouldn’t this be his second chance already, that he squandered? Hmmmm

  2. banks says:

    Its a dui.. he could have smashed into sum ppl instead of the pole but then again all the celebs drink and drive its not like he does roids, smokes weed or makes stupid twitter comments so why make a big deal of it

  3. Canilive says:

    Hasn’t even been convicted of DUI, do far just suspicion

  4. Lol says:

    Wow A Dui. Almost thought he killed someone by the way you pussies act. Jones is the man. Ya act like ya are some angels yet watch porn all day jacking off to girls yall would never get. How you going to be christians and support our troops? Yeah im sure God wants us to go to war huh? All you favgots are hypocrits and have no say if its anything negative about a guy who accomplished more than you and made a small mistake.

    • JD says:

      Wow. He COULD have killed somebody driving drunk smart guy. I’m also amazed at how you concluded that anyone who criticized jones watches porn all day lol. You’re an embarassment.

    • MMARPG says:

      wow what an idiot!!! and im pretty sure from the way you talk that YOU are probably watching porn all day long sitting typing these comments to make yourself feel not AS stupid as people make you out to be! first off DUI is never a good look especially when your the CHAMPION!!! hmm when was the last time GSP got caught drunk driving or smoking weed(even though i have no problem with that) or anderson silva when does he do that? those will be interesting answers and as far as our troops no god doesnt “want” us to go to war but to protect our families and friends yes we should but no no your absolutely right when people are attacking YOUR state or family and friends we should just look away and say hey thats how the world works sorry and that might work for you but sorry all of us arent pussies!!

  5. A.James says:

    I believe the cocky routine was just a routine to sell his last fight. I believe he’s human and being rich with his age causes conflictions. It is what it is. He fucked up. He’s acknowledged this. Now let’s move forward. It just sucks because this hurt his chances to get serious sponsors.

    • Greg says:

      Big sponsors will come back. Look at Michael Phelps after bong photo scandal. Subway came back. Wheaties came back. Etc.

    • Mark says:

      He apologized? All he really said was that he was sorry that he screwed up to his fans and then went on a rant about how many haters he has. Nobody likes that, it’s still arrogant, as if we should all bow down before him and not realize that he put people’s lives in danger. There were passengers in his car. What if he killed someone you knew? Would you still be hanging off his nuts after that? He doesn’t even realize that his haters foot the bill on his precious Bently. People pay good money for PPV hoping to see him get his ass kicked.

  6. dick diaz says:

    Banks did you really say its not like he smokes weed? As if smoking weed is worse than a dui stupid pos absolutely nothing wrong with weed way more safe than alcohol

  7. joegun says:

    What about Ross pearsons dui?

    • Greg says:

      Pearson has a lower profile so he got a lighter bashing from the media. However, this DUI and Pearson’s DUI being so close in proximity isn’t good for either of them or the UFC.

    • Xaninho says:

      Ross Pearson didn’t create such a big gap between a made-up mr. squeeky clean and himself like Jones did.

      The contrast between Jones’ self created fake image and his real persona is causing the big reactions.

  8. joegun says:

    Nobody gives a shit about pearson but a dui is a dui.

  9. Timbo Slice says:

    I love how everyone is so smart and so spiritual and so perfect. He’s a man with a personality you may or may not like. He works his ass off, he makes mistakes. Why is everyone such a fuckin hater??? I wish him luck regardless of my meaningless opinion on him. He has a chance to be the baddest dude of all time. Dumbasses. Why be negative. Just wish him well and hope he learns from all of this.

  10. pussies says:

    This could help him in the long run if u think about it

    • Greg says:

      Help? I’m not sure. But America loves a redemption story, and to see that their heroes are human beings. You can turn a negative into a positive, but it takes a lot of work. Maybe you have a point, but I probably wouldn’t use the word “help.”

  11. Cagin says:

    nigga’s be niggaz

  12. Coco says:

    WHO is this weed fighter?

  13. Donovan Magyer says:

    Hes a child in a man’s body. POS!!!

  14. Fred says:

    My question was he drinking Henessy or Hypnotic

  15. Larry Stevens says:

    Niggas will be niggas. He was prolly drunk off of some 40 ozs. Jamming out to some three six mafia. and bammmm, i just nailed a pole with my bentley. Now he has a real wake up call, u pos pretend christan. Go pray for yourself u fucking poser!!!!

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