September 2, 2014

Jon Jones arrestedJon Jones crashes car, Arrested for DUI

Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones crashed his car into a pole when he was driving while intoxicated early Saturday in Binghamton, N.Y., law enforcement officials said.

He was charged with DWI after 5 a.m. ET, Binghamton police said. Jones was driving a 2012 Bentley that struck a telephone pole at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Helen Street in Binghamton, said Sgt. Christopher Lason.

No other vehicles involved in the accident, said Lason, who declined to comment on whether there were passengers in the vehicle.

The Bentley's air bag deployed and Jones suffered a bloody nose, Lason said. The car was totaled, he said.

Jones bought a Bentley Continental GT last October in Las Vegas.

He grew up in nearby Endicott, N.Y. and currently lives in Ithaca, N.Y., roughly an hour's drive from Binghamton. Jones was released after being issued a ticket to appear in court at a later date, the sheriff's department said.

The management team for Jones issued a statement later Saturday.

"We are asking for fans and media to respect the privacy of Jon and his family during this time," said Malki Kawa, Jones manager.

Although Jones is far from the first fighter to be charged with driving while intoxicated, he's one of the most prominent, given his status as titleholder of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's 205-pound division and one of the promotion's top young talents. He wants to be seen as an upstanding representative of mixed martial arts.

"I'm very comfortable with the UFC putting me out there and trying to use me as one of the guys to promote the sport and bring it to a new level," Jones told USA TODAY last month. "I think if I was a knucklehead and I was a guy who you would have to worry about getting a DWI or going out and doing something really stupid, they simply wouldn't promote me. I think they see the guy that I am and they trust that, even though I'm a 24-year-old, I'm a trustworthy 24-year-old."

JONES:  Champ aspires to 'my own personal greatness'

He also has been hoping to land a sponsorship from a widely known mainstream brand such as Nike. The closest he has come to date is an appearance, with UFC president Dana White, in a TV ad for Bud Light, the promotion's biggest sponsor.

White had a lenient response recently after another fighter was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

"We're going to help him get through this," White said of lightweight Ross Pearson, who was charged April 29 in Las Vegas. "I'm a realist. You can't expect all these people to be perfect. … I understand they're are role models and they're all these other things, (but) they're human beings, man. They're all going to make mistakes."

Article by Sergio Non

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