|UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving while intoxicated. (QMI Agency)
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Binghamton, N.Y., court to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
The charge stems from a car crash he had earlier this month in Binghamton. Police said Jones crashed his 2012 Bentley into a pole May 19 while driving drunk.
After pleading guilty in a deal with the prosecutor, which allowed him to get off with a fine and a conditional discharge, Jones posted a brief statement on Facebook that later disappeared.
"I'm truly sorry to those of you that I may have embarrassed in any way, to those of you with kids that I may have let down," he wrote in the statement. "I will prove to them as well as to myself, that no matter what is happening in life, we can always work our way back and make things even better than before. Reading you guys uplifting comments was a great reminder for me to not give up on who I am or all the hateful people. I'm not gonna allow this situation to outweigh the positive. I love you guys right back and I promise to make things right."
Judge Daniel L. Seiden suspended Jones' driver's license and ordered him to undergo an alcohol abuse evaluation before he next appears in court June 19.