Back in April former UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones (21-1) was arrested for felony leaving the scene of an accident, and was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Today he plead guilty to a single charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury. However, and almost surprisingly, Jones avoided jail time.
“I am here to accept full responsibility for what happened, and I hope you can give me an opportunity to redeem myself,” said Jones.
The fighter will indeed be afforded the opportunity to redeem himself.
“Mr. Jones, you got real lucky, and in a number of ways, I think you need to talk to young people because making one stupid decision changes your entire future,” said Second Judicial District Court Judge Charles Brown.
Jones will in fact have many opportunities to speak with young people – the court mandated 72 speaking appearances. In addition, Jones will be subject to 18 months of supervised probation.
The baffling part about the judge’s statement and to some extent about the sentence, is that this was not “one stupid decision.” It was part of a widely publicized series of unfortunate incidents that have spandex 4 years and below is a list of the many run-ins with the law Jones has had in that span of time:
1.October 2011: Cited in Albuqerque, NM for driving with a suspended license.
2. May 2012: Arrested in New York for driving while intoxicated, following an accident.
3. September 2014: Fined $50,000 for scuffling with Daniel Cormier during a media event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Which in hindsight did more good than bad in hyping the hatred each other had against each other for the event.)
4. December 2014: Tested positive for cocaine and fined $25,000 by the UFC.
5. April 2015: Jones allegedly ran a red light, hit a car being driven by a pregnant woman breaking her arm, and fled from the scene. Witnesses, including an off-duty police officer, reported that Jones ran back to the car, stuffed some money into his pants, and fled again. A quantity of Marijuana and a Marijuana pipe were left in the car.