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‘I Screwed Up, Big Time’: Jon Jones Releases Apology to His Fans Following DUI Arrest

(The Bonesmobile, 2011-2012. Never forget.)

After a weekend of near-silence in the wake of his DUI arrest, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones emerged on Facebook this morning to apologize to his fans, while expressing some frustration and anger at the “hateful people” who “try to kick me while I’m down.” Here’s the full message, via MiddleEasy:

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 :)

Jon’s apology for his grammar will be a lot easier to accept, considering that his only big mistake was that “Reading you guys uplifting comments” part. As for the DUI? Jones isn’t even the first UFC fighter this month to eat that charge, but at the moment, fan opinion seems to be evenly split between “we’ve all driven buzzed, give the kid a break” and “DUI is the worst crime you can possibly commit, R.I.P. CHARLES ‘MASK’ LEWIS”.

Maybe Jones will come out of this experience stronger and wiser, after being forced to deal with more adversity than he’s ever seen in the Octagon. Then again, this is the last thing he needs in the run-up to a fight against Dan Henderson. Let’s see how he handles it…

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linzhanch- May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm .. . . . .
jonjonesbentley- May 22, 2012 at 12:18 am
So funny it happens after the UFC decides to sponsor him for the Rashad fight and he brags about how the UFC doesn't have to worry about him doing anything stupid like getting a DUI lol
Get Off Me- May 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm
They shoulda never gave you n!ggas money!
tallkitchenbags- May 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm
.. and as for "RIP Mask" that douche got what he deserved. street racing is a crime and routinely kills innocent people just like drunk driving. just ask the other warrior for jesus, rampage jackson.
tallkitchenbags- May 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm
what a shit bag. i hope hendo busts him up.
skeletor- May 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Jesus titty fucking christ! A CP article on John Jones D-Dub article gets 17 comments? I got more replies on FB comment in a half hour. Lets see how long Danga floats this sinking ship. James Cameron will be making a movie about this site in a month.
skeletor- May 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm
so cocky
The_Dead_Cow- May 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm
I'm pretty sure he was all sauced up while he wrote this drivel. The first two paragraphs have no relevence whatsoever. That being said, I don't care if he got a dui...that shit happens all the time.
BigAngryPurple- May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm
in the words of the great uncle ruckus:

boo hoo hoo, nigga.
Ricardo Guitardo- May 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Don't worry and don't feel bad JJ. I like to drink and drive also. You have enough money for a good jew lawyer to get you out with a slap on the hand. You'll be partying by this time next week and wont even remeber what happened.
Ricardo Guitardo- May 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm
Get well get well soon we want you to get well.

Get well get well soon we want you to get well.

Get well get well soon we want you to get well.
brobafett- May 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm
oh god someone drove drunk!!!!??? what a horrible person...blah blah blah. Who gives a fuck? Its stupid he even has to apologize, he already killed his Bentley what else do you want?
holeeball- May 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm
If you must ask, there aren't a lot of Bentleys in the world compared to drunken drivers so take a wild guess about what I want.
RearNakedSpoon- May 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Even the hoity toity Bentley sales men in the background of that picture thought Jones was being an egotistical Dbag.
That_guy- May 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm
What a douche. Is he actually trying to act like he's the victim? Oh shit, he is. What a POS.
yosuplee- May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm
as a jj fans, im so confused? so hes apolgized for letting people down and embrassing himself, but not sorry for commiting the crime of drinking and driving and potentially committing vechiclaur manslaughter (with destruction of property)? rest in peace charles lewis! what type of apology is that jj? im not accepting that as a fan. it so wonderfully insincere. i wonder what punkass and sky are thinking since they sponsor jj and mask was killed by a drunk driver (for those who didnt know).

end of the day, we know the ufc wont do anything of real meaning. as long the ufc continues to be profitable and continues to grow, the leadership their (as other major businesses) wont care... its a sad day until a drunk fighter kills a someone they or we love until they do something about it. the ufc should be PROactive, NOT REactive with their fighets behavior.
ps1rock1- May 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm
Wishing the best Jon. An apology is only as good as the promise to never let it happen again. Make good on this promise and apology is always accepted. Make this happen for yourself Jon...
Teehee McPeepee- May 21, 2012 at 7:22 pm
you're a fucking tool and I hope your children get pizza'd by a drunk driver someday. that is all.
holeeball- May 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm
Guy gets drunk; perfectly good Bentley pays for it. Life is fucking unfair.
HBcomedy- May 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Anyone else surprised that the pole he hit wasn't able to use it's reach advantage a little better?
El Guapo- May 21, 2012 at 11:51 am
Bones, I begrudginly accept your apology.
An extremely critical, quite fickle, hatin' ass hater of an MMA fan
mDino- May 21, 2012 at 11:47 am
hendo is washed up ffs if the other 3 old generation fighters/former champions cant beat jones then neither will dan "h-bomb or die" henderson.
Viva Hate- May 21, 2012 at 11:31 am
I really hope it comes out that he wasn’t drinking a Bud product but instead some cheap ass swill like Zima, Boone’s Farm, Mad Dog 20/20, Night Train, Cisco, or Thunderbird, that would be awesome!
The12ozCurls- May 21, 2012 at 11:27 am
That poor poor poor Bentley.