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UFC’s Jon Jones releases statement, admits to an ‘unhealthy relationship’ with alcohol

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Jon Jones has spoken out for the first time since his DWI arrest and subsequent guilty plea.

Last Thursday, Jon Jones was arrested on DWI and firearms charges in Albuquerque. Today, he reached a plea deal and will admit guilt in exchange for house arrest, probation, outpatient therapy, and a fine. Now, for the first time since the incident went down, Jones has broken his silence with a prepared statement released through his management.

Here is what the champ had to say.

“While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times,” Jones said. “I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most – my family, friends and my fans. This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA’s office. I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol.

“I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community, and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most. I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. I very much look forward to putting this behind me. Thank you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”

The UFC has not commented on the situation since an initial statement following his arrest where they were “gathering additional information”. Now that the entire incident has been quickly wrapped up, it remains to be seen if he will face additional punishment from the promotion for his actions. For now though, Jones remains the UFC light heavyweight champion.