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I'm sure you've heard by now that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested for suspicion of DUI early this morning in upstate New York. UFC president Dana White has not commented on the matter yet other than a text to TMZ in reference to him not having a good week. But Jones isn't the first UFC fighter to get hit with a DUI arrest this year. Late last month, UFC featherweight Ross Pearson was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Las Vegas. A few days later, White spoke to the media (via MMA Diehards) in regards to the incident and was quite clear how he feels about his fighters getting themselves into these sorts of situations.
Let's get one thing straight right now - the following video is NOT Dana White talking about Jon Jones getting a DUI. This is from two weeks ago, and it's about Ross Pearson. Dana's opinion of what his light heavyweight champion did might be very different from what he thinks about the Pearson incident. I'm just posting this so people can get a glimpse into White's line of thinking in regards to incidents like this. Here's the video, and you can read some of the choice quotes from it below the jump.
It is what it is. We're human beings. Don't jump in your f**king car and drive when you'be been drinking. You know, you have a couple of drinks and you're like 'I'm fine'. You start driving and you get pulled over and you blow in that breathalyzer, and if it goes over a .8, you're in trouble man. Let me tell you man, they don't mess around with DUI's. DUI's are serious."
The guy made a mistake. The guy jumped in his car...I think everyone standing here, unless you don't drink, has had a couple of drinks and jumped in their car and tried to drive home. It's stupid. There's no need for it. He's got 50 guys out there that he's training with that he could've called. He's got money, he could have taken a taxi. You know, it's just one of those bad choices you make at that moment. And everybody that I've ever known that's got a DUI, unless you're a stone cold alcoholic lunatic, no one gets a second one man. You lose your license, you go through all that sh*t you gotta go through. So, he's a good guy and I like him and respect him, and we're gonna help him get through this.
A reporter says that he's seems to be a lot more understanding than David Stern (commissioner of the NBA) or Roger Goddell (commissioner of the NFL), and he makes it clear why he thinks he's different in that regard:
I'm a realist. You know, you can't expect all these people to be perfect. You put these athletes on this...you know, I understand that they're role models and all these other things. They're human beings man. They're all gonna make mistakes. I'm one of those guys that believes that we're all gonna make mistakes, and it's how you handle it, handle yourself after you mad that mistake, tells who you really are.