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Jon Jones has released an emotional first statement admitting he has an 'unhealthy relationship' with alcohol following last week's arrest.
Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico last Thursday on multiple charges, including a DWI and firearm violation.
The UFC light heavyweight champion hadn't spoken publicly since the incident but broke his silence on Tuesday.
"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," the 32-year-old 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."
This is Jon Jones' first statement since last week's arrest.
"... 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. ..."
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/IPinB1uSLN
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 31, 2020
He will avoid jail time as long as he follows the terms of a plea agreement which includes four days of house arrest, one year supervised probation, 90 days of outpatient therapy in addition to a $500 fine.
Per ESPN, Jones will also have to wear an ankle bracelet and be randomly drug tested.
The New York native has faced intense scrutiny over the last week due to his arrest, including scathing attacks from Colby Covington and Israel Adesanya.
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