Jon Jones Arrested, This Is How The MMA World Reacted To The News
* Updated on April 1st with Jon Jones’ plea agreement and full statement
If you’re waking up in Asia right now, you’re probably learning that Jon Jones has been arrested again. The UFC light heavyweight champion was arrested at 12.58am on Thursday in New Mexico for alleged aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and negligent use of a firearm.
According to the criminal complaint first reported by KOAT in Albuquerque, officers responded to a single gunshot, where they found Jones in the driver’s seat of his black Jeep. There was also another person outside the vehicle by the passenger-side door.
Jones claimed he didn’t know anything about the gunshot fired. The officers noticed there were signs that he was intoxicated. After performing poorly on a sobriety test, Jones took a breathalyser test, which showed he was over twice the legal limit.
After Jones was arrested, his Jeep was towed away and when searched, a black handgun was found underneath the driver’s seat, along with a half empty bottle of Recuerdo Mezcal (the tequila like liquor owned by Jorge Masvidal) behind the passenger’s seat.
A spent round was also found outside the driver side door of the Jeep, which was reported to match the caliber of the gun.
Jones has already been released from custody and is due back in court on April 8th for a bond arraignment hearing.
While Jones is yet to comment, the UFC has issued the following statement:
“UFC is aware of the situation regarding Jon Jones in Albuquerque early this morning. The organisation has been in contact with Jones’ management team and is currently gathering information.”
* Since publishing this article, the bodycam footage of the Jon Jones arrest has been released:
* In the last few hours, a new video has been released of the Jones arrest, which shows the gun and bottle of Recuerdo Mezcal found in his car:
Ironically the arrest comes just days after Jones posted a message to Twitter, stating that everyone needs to stay at home right now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jones has a long list of run ins with the police. Including a previous drink driving offence in 2012 and then being involved in a hit-and-run accident in 2015, after he ran through a red light and crashed into two different vehicle, before fleeing the scene.
The 32 year old last fought last month, when he defended his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 247 by beating Dominick Reyes, via unanimous decision.
Jon Jones has pleaded guilty and reached a plea agreement on his DWI charge. The agreement involves:
- No jail time
- Four day house arrest like program
- 90 day out patient treatment
- 48 hours of community service
- One year supervised probation
- Maximum fines and fees
Jones also released the following statement:
As you can imagine, there was a huge online reaction to the news of Jon Jones’ latest arrest. This is how the MMA world reacted to the news:
We’ll add more reactions in the upcoming days, as more fighters take to social media to react to the news.
What are your thoughts to Jon Jones getting arrested again?