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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.

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