Jon Jones Pleads Guilty to DWI

May 29, 2012
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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Tuesday morning plead guilty to a DWI charge stemming from a car accident on May 19 in Binghamton, N.Y.

Jones drove his 2012 Bentley into a telephone pole. No other vehicles were involved.

He pled guilty to Driving While Intoxicated as part of a plea bargain with the District Attorney’s office in Binghamton City Court, according to WBNG News. Traffic violations for an improper turn and deviating from a direct course were dismissed.

The plea agreement would see Jones receive a fine and a conditional discharge. A conditional discharge means Jones’ sentence will be served as long as probationary conditions are met. If he fails to meet the conditions, the full penalty could be reinstated.

The judge immediately suspended Jones’ New York driver’s license.

Jones will be back in court for sentencing on June 19, and must complete an alcohol abuse and dependency assessment prior to sentencing.

He will likely be ordered to go through an alcohol recovery program or similar treatments.

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  • rsnowbass

    Let the Haters Hate Jon. Your fans are still beind you 110%

    At the celebrity status you’re at now…this has to happen once.

    Learn from it, and come back stronger.


    • bajafox

      LOL, damn haters, everyone should be allowed at least one DWI in their life time without getting isht for it right? It only takes one idiot to kill someone who’s sober anyway

    • jonnypatrick

      How is calling someone out being a Hater? I like the guy, but you can’t preach about how good of a person you are, and how you are religous and then a month later crash your $190,000 car into a pole drunk! He has said he is a humble family man, this wouldn’t have happend if he lived up to what he has said. I hope the UFC drops his sponsorship, if they don’t they are condoning this behavior.

      • rsnowbass

        Yeah…dropping his sponsorship would be a GREAT way for the UFC to prove to Jon they have his back…especially at the status and hype he’s built for himself and the LONG future he has ahead of him.

        With that sponsorship, there needs to be a public repremand for sure but dropping it altogether would be over-reacting and open up a whole new schitt-storm.

        • jonnypatrick

          I notice that all you are doing rsnowbass is defending Jon!! I bet you are a very liberal person, another reason our great country is going to sh*t. Everyone wants to accept things and give people the benefit of the doubt and not make people own up for there mistakes. I think they have to drop him or they could lose some serious sponsorship money from Anheuser-Busch, I doubt a major beer company wants to back someone who has recently had a DWI. Wouldn’t be very smart for them not to mention they have already given the UFC hell about things the fighters are saying.

          • rsnowbass

            I’m not sure why you’re taking this so personally. My opinion is different from yours so instead of having a healthy debate about a difference in opinion, you start making assumptions about me and go on the attack.

            Don’t get so defensive man. It’s just a conversation about a sport we are all passionate about on this site.

          • jonnypatrick

            I’m not taking this personally at all. Like you I’m stating my opinion, I did assume that you are liberal! Am I wrong??? I just get tired of people thinking that we are hating on Jon, he has caused all of this from the comments he has made and his actions that led to his DWI.

        • shereko

          I think someone needs to at least live up to what they say they already are… nobody made him say he’s this great family man, whose religious and lives the life of a modern day samurai, he’s the one that says that. So then why is he out at 5am driving drunk, that single action goes against everything he says he is… if he came out and said he’s a partier, nobody would think otherwise… Diaz is loved and comes out and says he’s a pot smoker, nobody cares… its the total hypo’crazy’ is the main point of his “haters” …. also… you can’t give 110%, you can only give up to 100… just sayin. 😉

          • jonnypatrick

            Shereko!!!! I love it! I was going to comment on these idiots saying 110% also but didn’t! I couldn’t agree with you more on what you’ve said and that’s my main point. I like the guy but you can’t say that if it’s not true.

          • MuayThaiFood

            You and Johnny are so clever. Can’t give more than 100%. Snowbass seems pretty intelligent so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s using that metaphorically. Didn’t even occur to you though did it? People who use metaphors are such idiots, right?!

    • @rsnowbass. Would you be saying the same thing if that lightpost had been a relative of yours. Why does the fact he is a celebrity make it necessary that He had to break the law once and do something that could of easily killed an innocent person. I am not hating say this about any fighter the fact that you have celebrity status does not mean that you have to break the law even once.

  • hollafront1314

    you can be his fan but dont suck his cockk. wait till he dui you or your family

    • rsnowbass

      What a great and mature way to articulate your point.

      • jonnypatrick

        Just like it was very mature of Jon to get that DWI at 5 am instead of being at home with his wife & kids!!! Way to contradict yourself rsnowbass! You make this too easy!

        • rsnowbass

          I make this too easy? In your mind maybe and that’s fine with me.

          I get the point you are making here but you take this WAY too seriously.

          Relax, have a beer.

      • shereko

        Speaking of articulate ways of getting your point across… Here’s a quote from a while back from Mr. Bones Jones himself:

        “We came up with a strategy to keep it clean and be sponsored by the UFC itself. I’m glad the UFC wanted to work with me as well, and I think that they trust that I’ll never make them look bad. You never have to worry about me with a DWI (driving while under the influence) or doing something crazy,” Jones explained.

        So, really I don’t think this is his first time either… and yes I know I posted this before, but I can’t back someone of that arrogance.

      • macgrubber

        most people dont come on here to be mature thats why we have jobs. The internet is for trolling and acting like an idiot because no one knows who you are you moron.

      • maddawgmar

        Here is an articulate point. Here is a true story,

        New Years day, a young man wakes up at 7:30a.m. after partying until 4 a.m. To drive home. At the same time a family is getting ready for Sunday service at their church. At about 8:00 a.m. The still inebriated young man ran his car into the family as they sit at a red light waiting to turn into the church. This accident instantly killed a seven year old girl, seriously injured a ten and twelve year old, as well as the parents. This young man was 25 years old, he went to high school with my wife, and he had only had the one DUI in his life. His one selfish decision changed the lives of a family, who only wanted to go to church, forever. Sure the young man feels bad about it now, but that doesn’t bring that little girl back.

        Here’s a fact, people who get DUI/DWI’s for the first time, it isn’t their first time driving drunk. It takes one time to kill someone. And Jones deserves no sympathy from anyone. Does anyone feel sorry for that “young man”, no.

        • rsnowbass

          And there he shows himself folks! I knew “That Guy” would chime in here somewhere before this article went dead…

          Thanks for the commercial.

          (I do feel bad for the family of who you speak for the record)

    • Anthony

      anyone know the definition of cockk? I think its a small blue breasted bird indiginus to South America.–though I could be wrong????????

  • Anthony

    How many people that are Jones age or older can honestly say theyve never driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Ill bet less then 10%. I ,for one, cant make that claim–This doesnt prove hes a bad guy, or arrogant, or 2 faced, all it proves is hes human. Lets hope he learns from his mistakes.

    • jonnypatrick

      Excuses, Excuses! Hell I had 2 DWI’s before I was 20, but never claimed to be a saint, that’s what you guys can’t get into your heads! This is a quote from the great Jon Jones about his UFC sponsorship! (Jon Jones) “I’m very comfortable with the UFC putting me out there and trying to use me as one of the guys to promote the sport and bring it to a new level. I’m honored that they respect that I’ll do well by the opportunity. I think if I was a knucklehead and I was a guy who you would have to worry about getting a DWI or going out and doing something really stupid, they simply wouldn’t promote me. I think they see the guy that I am, and they trust that, even though I’m a 24-year-old, I’m a trustworthy 24-year-old”

      • BlackDog2009

        well put, excellent quote

    • BlackDog2009

      Yea, other young people get DWIs, so it’s OK for Jones to get one. It’s OK, he’s human, he’ll learn from his mistake. Oh but that doesn’t prove he’s a hypocrite, no… come on he’s just a kid. It’s part of the learning process, he’s a celebrity, all celebrities have to get a DWI at some point. Jones can’t do any wrong, DW likes him, therefore I like him! ………….yes sarcasm at it’s best. At least Jones is owning up to it, all you Jones defenders with his (*& in your mouths should do the same and admit your choir boy finally showed his true colors.

    • macgrubber

      Hey anthony i never drank once in my life and im 24. Called straight edge. Am i not human?

      • Anthony

        Ill give you all the credit in the world Macgruber. I think your the exception. I wish I could make that claim–more power to ya

  • I think Jon is a good person who made a bad decision. Glad to see this unfortunate chapter is wrapping up. Hope he learns from it and makes something positive out of the whole experience. I think he’ll come out of this a better person.

    • macgrubber

      i cant tell if your trolling or seriously dumb.

      • MuayThaiFood

        Look up the word troll Grub and then look at Short_Bus’s comment and your reply. The pot is calling the kettle black here.

        • Anthony

          I thought its pretty cool that you live a clean lifstyle Grub, but your starting to come off as holier then thou. Give yourself a few years and im sure you wont be so squeeky clean. Your a 24yr old kid–People drink and use drugs not because their necessarly bad in nature,but have probelms coping sometimes.Dont be so quick to judge until youve walked in another mans shoes.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Yeah, before Jon Jones got in trouble everyone was calling him cocky and holier than thou already. Kinda sounding like what you’re railing against Grub.

          • Anthony

            Hey Muay, youll have to excuse me, I only went to a state funded school so im a little confused . Was that a dig on my, Grub, or Bones???????????…/lol

          • Anthony

            Hey Muay, youll have to excuse me, I only went to a state funded school so im a little confused . Was that a dig on me, Grub, or Bones???????????…/lol

          • MuayThaiFood

            LOL, it was kinda confusing because I replied on yours but it was meant for Grub.

  • MikeMc1983

    It is statisticly improbable that this was the first time he drove under the influence. I personally don’t really care. However I’m not with the group that looks at a DUI like its attempted murder. Groups of people seem to think that when a bad thing happens in their life, the world should stop it from happening again. Bad shif happens. We move on.
    I don’t dislike jones. He’s another guy that’s in the spotlight, and he wants people to like him. He’s not nearly as great of a guy as he wants people to believe he is. So he does what everyone else does. He lies. If your upset that he wasn’t the saintly image he tried to be, you should be mad at yourself for being naive.
    He’s just another guy doing what he wants. That’s all he’s going to do. What he wants to. Get over it.

    • Anthony

      well said Mike

  • Exkickboxer

    Macgrubber, So you never drank in your life. That’s great, but that doesn’t make you perfect. There is nothing that you or anyone else can tell me that can make me believe that you’ve never said one thing and did another. okay, so he acted differently than what he preached. he’s not the first and won’t be the last.
    I don’t condone what he did, and I actually think it’s a really serious offense, and he definitely needs to make this a learning experience, but I’m not going to crucify the guy.
    He got drunk. he wrapped his car around a tree. He got caught. He pleaded GUILTY. He didn’t try to weasel his way out. He was judged by the courts. He will be sentenced. After his sentence is over, he will have paid his debt to society. He received a sentence comparable to normaleople. He wasn’t treated special. So, he isn’t holier than thou! so f…..g what!? the sun’s going to rise tomorrow. The world wil keep spinning. And all of us that are blogging about this are morons. Can’t you just appreciate his talents?

    you need to take a closer look at the problems in this country, if you think that this is why the country’s going to S..t? Anytime you want to debate politics, just let me know.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Good comment Ex. I don’t think anybody taking your side condones what he did. You stated it all very well so I won’t go on other than to say you made an observation that I was going to comment on which is the fact that he plead guilty. That’s owning up to it. He could very easily have plead not guilty and tried to work the legal system. Unfortunately, it’s human nature(at least for some) to rejoice in another man’s fall from the top….even if it’s just a slip.

  • lowlb

    You can buy alcohol at a gas stations. why are people surprised when people drink and drive?

    Seems like PEDs are the UFCs biggest problem.

  • pooby

    Eh, what do you expect from a guy who LOST to MATT HAMILL!!

    • smill0313

      Is that sarcasm, or did you not actually see the jones-hamill fight? He whipped hamills ass silly, then landed an illegal elbow and received the loss after hamill couldn’t continue. Hamill couldn’t continue because of the beating he took from second one, but was able to capitalize.

      • pooby

        Yes, I was being sarcastic. Everyone knows Bones won that fight. Mazzagatti has a record of screwing the black guy in many fights.

        • macgrubber

          “Mazzagatti has a record of screwing the black guy in many fights.”

          and thats a bad thing?

  • z999

    I heard millionaires can afford chauffeurs.

  • Mario

    People need to give him a break. I mean, he is 24 years old. He’s still very young. People that age make mistakes all the time. He will learn from it. Believe me. Especially a guy like Jon.

    I’m 26. I remember making mistakes a few years ago too. Things that I look back on and say “Man, what was I thinking!”.

    Good luck Jon.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Ah Jesus, didn’t you see the sign?! Don’t feed the trolls!!

  • lil math you

    One night I saw him at one up nightclub in Abq NM and he looked pretty messed up but hey i dont judge i was messed up too. He is really cool dude he talked to all his fans took pictures with some too and i had good convo with him. I thought it was little strange cuz he was about 2 weeks away from Machida fight. Just shows how much he isnt really focused yet on fighting and we all saw what happened to Machida, nearly got killed. I think this will make him realize and wake up to the dangers of fame n fortune. Jon jones will bounce back, poor dude, now he can tell young kids about dangers in drinking n driving. KEEEP UR HEAD UP BONES JONES!!!

  • MikeMc1983

    Jones will figure it out when he sees how much his insurence is on a bently after a DUI. He’ll be looking for a raise, or a Honda Civic.

  • Exkickboxer

    Thanks Muaythaifood,

    I agree that it’s human nature to rejoice in anothers fall from the top. For every person that disses something, there’s another that doesn’t. I guess that’s what makes the world so interesting. But,it sure is fun calling people out.

    I’m pretty much a laid back kind of guy, and like to have fun making fun of myself and others, so I hope no one takes my comments too seriously, although I do believe in what I say. It’s all in fun.

  • I agree Jon Jones made a mistake. a BIG mistake. but he is young and can learn from this. What I do disagree with is the way UFC is handling this issue. They can let people go for speaking their mind on twitter (although many times in very very bad taste) But when their “champion” breaks the law and admits guilt he still has the main event?? As THE MAJOR fight promotion in the world they need to have guidelines just like other orginizations. I’m not saying Jon Jones should be fired or anything I just think the UFC needs to do more than say he is young and made a mistake.

  • switchkick

    How I see it, first all of you need to stop trolling and trying to out smart each other over a website … Good work guys, highfive!

    He stated he wouldn’t do anything stupid to gain sponorship, with a month past he blew that idea.(even though, in my country – new zealand DUI, is so common its almost the norm lol). UFC should drop his sponorship. Plain and simple. faulse advertising if anything lol

  • joeshine

    Jon Jones is a fighter he made a mistake let it be. Cormier beats Jones at a catch weight fight like Henderson beat up fedor.

    • Anthony

      Joe, I never even thought about Cormier vs Jones. That would be a great fight! Daniel will have a rough time dealing with the reach of Jones(84.5 inches is the best in all of the UFC in any wt class–Struve is second with 84″), but Cormier has serious knock out power and the best wrestling in the Hvy Wt division . He might have the best wrestling pedegree in all of MMA. Id pay to see that fight at any wt class–good call!