Dana White: Super disappointed over Jon Jones incident

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is in Las Vegas to meet with UFC president Dana White. The issue on the table is Jones’ weekend arrest after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole early Saturday morning and its implications for the 24 year-old fighter.

Most importantly, Dana White needs to determine if this was a one-time error, or is it the first sign in what could be a pattern of bad behavior on the part of Jones. White has a lot invested in Jones as the UFC sponsored his last fight with Rashad Evans. White told the Boston Herald, today, that he is, “super disappointed and bummed out”, about the incident.

White went on, to say: “It’s really sitting down and figuring out what is it you want to do. You’re 24 years old, you could be a force in this sport for the next 10 years and go down as the greatest ever – beat everybody, do all this stuff, be the first guy to break through and get a Nike deal, the first guy to get Gatorade and all these other things. Do you want to be that guy or do you want to go the other way? You can go the other way, too, and you can be the total bad guy, make a few million here or there and then go tell everybody to go, ‘(Expletive) off.’ It’s no different whether it’s the UFC, boxing, the NBA, the NFL – it’s the guys who really focus and get their (stuff) together no matter how old you are, whether you’re 21 or 31. That’s what we’ve got to figure out where Jones is at and what he wants to do. The road is littered with talented guys who didn’t live up to their potential.”

Jones issued an apology on his Facebook page yesterday, but has since taken it down. Jones could be facing up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine if he is found guilty of DUI. He is scheduled to appear in court in Binghamton, New York, on May 29 for arraignment.


48 Comments

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    BeLikeWater

    May 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Possibly one year in prison! damn american law is harsh on some things..

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    partyboy

    May 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    does nobody realise that jones wasnt actually driving the car? he was actually walking along minding his own business when he seen the car swerving and ran to the rescue, using his christian god powers to save the many adorable orphan children in the backseat and carry them to safety using nothing but his humbleness, he then decided to take a ‘victory sip’ and deliberately take the blame for the incident to spare the dignity of the mean old orphanage lady who was drunk and not a devout christian like jon…

    jon 1….world 0

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    crispy

    May 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    “The road is littered with talented guys who didn’t live up to their potential.” couldn’t have said it better and i agree with Dana its up to jon from now on how good or bad this goes hopefully good because the road to greatness is filled with ultra talented guys who just messed up.. hope the best for jon

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    NateDogg

    May 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Possibly one year in prison for that shit? Yeah right…
    It shows how stupid the american law system is…
    Better make it a 100k fine and he’ll never do it again either.

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    cranestyle

    May 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    There is zero chance that Jones will go to jail. It’s his first offense and you know he’ll have a good lawyer.

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    Krogan

    May 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    DUI is a serious crime, he could very easily have killed someone.

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    Krogan

    May 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I am not for long prison sentences but what he did was a serious crime that kills thousands every year.

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    jaybear72

    May 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    “BRAVO”

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    TheRealDeal

    May 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Jones isn’t going to prison. He will get a fine and a slap on the wrist.

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    jaybear72

    May 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Exactly, he will get community service, make a “don’t drink and drive commercial, and have to go to DWI classes

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    KeithFarrell

    May 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Imagine if jones did go to jail and came back and was no way near the fighter he was, it would be hard to watch the LHW division for years knowing the true champ was gone.

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    Entity

    May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    lol, he wont see a day in prison. He’ll get probation and maybe suspended license. Thats BS for sure.

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    Entity

    May 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Almost had me on your first sentence 8))

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    Entity

    May 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Greg Jackson “Delete your fecesbook post, Save some fans!”

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    sleepy

    May 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    at the end of the day hes just human and every1 makes mistakes… and he wont go to jail…

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    Mike Searson

    May 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I hope you’re right. He made a mistake and thankfully nobody was hurt. However, he could always end up with some judge that “wants to make an example out of him”

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    David Saucier

    May 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Damn Dana is like super pissed

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    David Saucier

    May 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Did you not just see the interview with shane del rosario, and his story, almost paralyzed and had his mma career ended due to being hit by a drunk driver.

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    David Saucier

    May 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Not true Plexico Burres shot himself in the leg in NY and spent 2 years in prison for it.

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    Houck SR

    May 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Don’t kill me for saying this but… he should get jail time. Kids look up to these superstars and they are paid very well to stay out of trouble. You have money for a big costly car then you have the money to pay someone to drive your drunk butt around. Had he killed someone i am sure many of you would not look at this as being a small crime. Much respect for Jones the fighter i am a New Yorker myself…but no respect for poeple who drive drunk.

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    dropkickmurphy

    May 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I bet when the phone rang and Dana got the news..he looked down, saw his dog sleeping quietly…walked right past him and kicked his assistant right in the balls.

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    IChokePeople

    May 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I had a very dear friend killed by a drunk driver and another crippled for life. Prison time should be mandatory for the first offense after the age of 18.

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    IChokePeople

    May 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Agreed bro.

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    OscarJoseGuerrero

    May 23, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    …….I’d still take his bently even if it is smashed.

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    FE4

    May 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Maybe his grammar could’ve been a little better but he has a good point. I think if Burres wanted to fight it he wouldn’t have done 2 years. O.J. beat murder. Not to mention all of the CEO’s of these giant corporations that TARP money and went on vacations and gave themselves bonuses. How are they any different than Bernard Maddoff? Who by the way lives a pretty lavish life in prison doing “martha stewart” time. We don’t get that luxury. That being said, Jones won’t do any time. Almost every crime is punishable by jail time but with it being his first offense and a clean record he’ll get probation and classes. I wonder how much interlock costs to put in a Bentley.

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    cranestyle

    May 23, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I agree that drinking and driving isn’t a small crime, but before I’d send someone to jail, I’d need to know more details.

    It looks like the accident itself was very minor. If his blood alcohol level was only just over the limit, and it was just a fender bender, Jail would be excessive.

    If the alcohol level was way over the limit, or he was driving dangerously, he deserves jail time, even on a first offense.

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    MAMBA24ILL

    May 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Ironic how he was in those Bud Light commericals with Dana

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    IStink2

    May 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    FYI Dana…. GSP already has a Gatorade deal

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    HunterB

    May 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    here in texas its a maximum of 6 months jail, i dont see Jones sentenced to one full year in prison, that is the “max” he could receive. from a personal experience, i served 171 days county jail time for the same offense, and i saw numerous people in jail for multiple dui offenses. they seemed to be in there just a little bit longer than i was.

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    x murderer

    May 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    yeah…dui is considered a serious crime…in a country where every fu*kin dumbass can carry a gun. sure it’s damn stupid and dangerous to drive under the influence but to me a “serious crime” is sth. you do with bad intentions.

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    ripstic5021

    May 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    What do you expect a 24 year old black kid with a boatload of money?

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    TheEnforcer

    May 24, 2012 at 12:21 am

    truth is he saw a picture of rashad on the pole

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    MereDictum

    May 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

    About every 51 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol related traffic incident. Every year citizens in this country, not police mind you, use a firearm to prevent a crime (mostly by showing it, not using it). Facts.

    You are the idiot, not the law abiding gun owners in thos coujtry or our founding fathers who did not cloak themselves in a blanket of ignorance like yourself.

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    MereDictum

    May 24, 2012 at 1:52 am

    One million cases per year BTW of private citizens who use a gun to prevent a crime here.

    One of the first things Hitler did was take away gun rights

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    D

    May 24, 2012 at 2:54 am

    There are countries that execute people for drug possession and incest. If we had the latter law in the US, we would have to exterminate the entire populations of several states.

    In comparison, a year for DUI doesn’t seem harsh at all.

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    Entity

    May 24, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Im not sure who is more stupid. Jon or a member named “Murderer” being jealous and hating on guns LMAO idiot. Recently a young womans husband was killed in Iraq and she was hom alone with her 4 year old and some guys were breaking into her house. She freaked out and got her husbands gun he left her, she called 911 and asked if she could shoot if the entered her home. Dispatcher said “I cant tell you what to do, but if you are in fear for your life do it” They got in and she blasted them. The criminals have guns, only citizens with no felonies and a thorough background check can apply for a concealed permit. She was mot likely saved from rape or death by being ALLOWED to own a firearm. X_Murderer doesnt know his azz from a hole in the ground.

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    BigAlRIz

    May 24, 2012 at 3:44 am

    In Texas that could be sent to the electric chair for DUI though

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    silvaisking2321

    May 24, 2012 at 5:13 am

    i had a friend and his mom get killed by a damn drunk!

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    Mortaki12

    May 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

    The only thing that keeps going through my mind about this whole situation is he should’nt had talked shit.

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    enjoylife321

    May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Rashad Evans kept saying to jones before their fight

    “your fabric is fake”

    After this incident, it seems that rashad was spot on the money !

    How many people have let down Dana recently ?

    Diaz, Jones, Overeem….Then there is all the injuries….

    Dana earns his money

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    enjoylife321

    May 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

    What a great place to have a court case NEW YORK !

    The culinary union will be loving Jones arrest, considering he is an advocate of the move to legalise MMA.

    I just hope the judge is not a pro-culinary crusader and a hater of mma otherwise Jones could be in orange mma trunks

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    Entity

    May 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Would be nice if they knew who clicked funny ad ban their azzes. Not funny at all.

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    Entity

    May 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    What a joke, a union for male cooks who aspire to be women. Then to add insult to injury, they wear stupid looking hats. I’d be bitter too lol

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    Entity

    May 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    He could always join the crips or the bloods, NY has no problem letting them run rampant.

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    x murderer

    May 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

    how about education and integration as ways to prevent crime?
    and wouldn’t the crime (that would be prevented by using a gun?) be committed by using a weapon as well (for instance…duh..a GUN?) or are you talkin about shooting someone who is about to steal a wallet?
    guns dont solve problems dude. thats for damn sure.

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    x murderer

    May 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

    how brainwashed are you jesse james?
    a crime starts in a mind…thats where the system should try to start to make changes.
    but it took what you call the “old world” a few centuries as well.
    so keep playing wild west.
    and don’t give me your stupid examples…especially ones that include iraq (which the us troops bombed into the stoneage – trying to…let me guess…PREVENT stuff to happen.
    I could give you hundreds of examples that speak for the opposite.
    its funny how tense some idiots get, when it comes to gun rights…or the army, war and patriotism and sh*t like that.

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    D

    May 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

    You really think Plaxico Burress didn’t try every possible legal avenue to avoid jail time? I guess you think he just didn’t mind spending 2 years of his prime in prison…. Actually, he accepted a plea deal, because had he gone to trial, he would most certainly have been found guilty, and he would still be in prison today.

    OJ beat murder, but he didn’t kill someone in a nightclub with 100s of witnesses. Sometimes things are too obvious for money to cover up.

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    FE4

    May 28, 2012 at 12:41 am

    he obviously didn’t mind if he took a loaded gun to a night club without a a concealed weapons permit and managed to shoot himself in the leg and as far as obvious crimes being covered up, maybe you should reread my comment.

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