Just when I was praising Jon Jones for going down the right path after a little bit of legal drama, it appears he's back in the news for just that. Jones is due in court in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday after being cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance.
It's unclear at this point whether this will have much (or any) effect on Jones' newly announced UFC 197 fight with Daniel Cormier, but it's still slightly troubling for sure.
Kayla Anderson, the public information officer for the Albuquerque district attorney’s office, sent the following explanatory statement to MMAjunkie:
His (judgement and sentence), Conditional Discharge, has a box that can be checked if a special condition of probation is imposed prohibiting the defendant from driving without a license. That box was not checked, so there is no special condition of probation forbidding driving without a license.
However, all defendants being supervised on probation are required generally to not violate any laws. We have not received at this time a formal report of a violation of probation. It does not appear that Mr. Jones is in custody at (the Metropolitan Detention Center).
Our office has the discretion to pursue a revocation of probation if an alleged incident arises to the level of a substantial violation of probation. Our office makes that determination after we have examined all the facts surrounding the incident. As of today, we do not have enough information about the 1/31/16 incident to make that determination, but we will examine the matter.
Generally, if we decide to pursue a probation revocation, and a judge determines that there has been a substantial violation of probation, it is up to our office whether we seek to revoke a conditional discharge, and it is up to the judge to ultimately decide if a conditional discharge will be revoked and sentence imposed. Those decisions are made on a case to case basis. The court can also impose a wide range of sanctions, some of which do not necessarily require the loss of a conditional discharge.
Right when I thought Jon Jones was on a path to sobriety and handling his business, this happens. Either way, I don't see it as all that big of a deal. We'll see how things play out in court, though.
What do you think?