UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on May 29 for his recent arrest on suspicion of DUI. Jones crashed his Bentley into a pole Saturday morning in Binghamton, New York around 5:00 AM EST. He was booked and released a few hours later.
According to a report on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, “Bones” will head to Binghamton City Court the morning of May 29 where Jones will allegedly be offered a plea bargain by the district attorney at the pre-trial. If Jones accepts the plea, there will be no trial. If he does not, the trial will be scheduled. The 24-year old faces a maximum of one-year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Jones will also be meeting with UFC President Dana White in the near future to discuss the situation. White has remained pretty quiet on the matter, but did inform the Boston Herald that he’s concerned and will be addressing the matter.
“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, the NFL – it’s the guys who really focus and get their (stuff) together no matter how old you are,” explained White. “We’ve got to figure out where Jones is at and what he wants to do.”
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