For the second time since his May 19th arrest for drunk driving, UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has requested — and was granted — a delay for his sentencing date. Jones appeared in Binghamton City Court this morning where he and his attorney Thomas D. Jackson claimed that Jones needs more time to complete his court-mandated alcohol abuse and dependency evaluation. (By the way, it’s only a two-day program, but Jones has just been super busy lately, you know? Super busy.)
Judge Daniel L. Seiden granted the request, and rescheduled Jones’s sentencing to July 31st. The MMA star has already pleaded guilty to his DWI charge, and is expected to receive a one-year conditional discharge and a fine of up to $1,500 in a plea agreement. He’ll also be required to install ignition interlock devices in his vehicles, pay restitution for damages, and attend a victim impact class.
Following his court appearance today, Jones released the following statement through the law firm representing him:
“Mr. Jones wishes to express the following to his fans, friends, and, most of all, his family: By pleading guilty on May 29, Mr. Jones accepted responsibility for his actions. This process has been a learning experience for this young man. He is remorseful for his conduct, but thankful for the opportunity to accept responsibility and to grow as a person. This experience has motivated Mr. Jones to achieve his maximum potential both professionally and personally.”