Jon Jones apologizes, calls his critics 'sickening'
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones feels apologetic but also victimized in the wake of his legal troubles.
Jones, who was charged with driving while intoxicated this past weekend, on Monday posted a statement on Facebook that combined apologies, gratitude for supporters in his home region of central New York, and disbelief at others' reaction to the news.
In breaking his silence since the incident on Saturday, the UFC's 205-pound titleholder wrote:
"Man I haven't added anyone new to my Facebook page in like three years and right now I'm so glad that I haven't. It has literally been sickening to have so many people try to kick me while I'm down. At the same time, I totally understand, I gave them the leeway to. I screwed up, big time. Just needed to say thank you to all you guys for being amazing friends/supporters.
"Always having to deal with so many critics, haters and fickle mma fans, I almost forgot how strong of a home base I had (607 and people that knew me before I was a champion fighter). Although the hell that will come with this hasn't even started yet, I want you guys to know how much better you've all made me feel, not only about this situation but about life, everything. It's good to feel that people are there and care. With that being said, I felt I should apologize to you first.
"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. 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. PS sorry about the terrible grammar :)"
Jones' management team confirmed that the fighter himself wrote the post. At some point Monday, it disappeared from Jones' Facebook page.
Police in Binghamton, N.Y., accused the 24-year-old Jones of drunk driving on Saturday morning. Police said the 2012 Bentley driven by Jones was totaled when it struck a utility pole.
Saturday's incident was not the first time law enforcement officials have confronted Jones over driving-related issues. In Albuquerque, N.M., where Jones does most of his MMA training, police charged him with driving with a suspended license and sliding or losing traction at 3:05 a.m. on a Thursday in November. He was not accused of being under the influence of anything, and the charges were dismissed in March.
The current charges against Jones make it harder for him to assume the role-model mantle to which he aspires. He has said several times that he wants to provide a positive image for MMA in general and UFC in particular.
The UFC's history with other athletes suggests it will be lenient with Jones. The organization in the past has continued to work with fighters facing DWI or other criminal charges. If that pattern continues, Jones will remain on track to defend his 205-pound title against Dan Henderson in September at UFC 151.
Article by MMAjunkie