Jon Jones takes ‘getting in trouble out of the police’s hands’
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has landed in legal hot water again.
An Albuquerque police officer’s body camera captured the officer pulling Jones over. He is accused of drag racing with another vehicle and was given a total of five tickets.
It was reported that Jones pleaded not guilty to the charges during a court appearance this week.
Jones will have to attend anger management and driver improvement courses. He also has to get approval from his probation officer every time he wants to drive. However, he wasn’t given a curfew condition.
Jones said that he has hired a driver and has promised to do better.
“I have him here and he’s driving me between every practice all day, even at night now,” Jones said, according to MMAFighting.com this week. “I figured I’d take getting in trouble out of the police’s hands by simply not driving.”
Jones has been in trouble with the law several times while he was driving. He pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 2012. Last April, Jones fled the scene of an accident, which landed him in jail.
“You live and you learn and you keep fighting and continue to do things just a little bit better,” Jones said. “Take each day as it comes and just try to improve a little bit each day. Each day get one percent better.
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“I’ve had a bumpy road but I’m continuing to fight. I’ll continue to do things a little bit better each day every year and eventually I’ll be at a point where there are no problems.”
Jones said that he will now focus on his upcoming fight for the interim light heavyweight title against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas.