As Jon Jones Admits to Having Issues With Alcohol, Should it be Taken as a Sign of Growth?

Jon Jones is battling demons like the rest of us.

As the world knows by now, Jon Jones was recently arrested on DWI charges as well as negligent use of a firearm. The UFC light heavyweight champion and Hurt Business star has had numerous brushes with the law in the past. Jones pleaded guilty to the charges and received house arrest as punishment.

While many have been quick to throw Jon Jones under the bus, it’s clear that the UFC champ has demons he’s battling.

Recently Jon Jones gave a statement to Ariel Helwani about the recent arrest. In the statement he admitted to alcohol abuse issues.

“While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times. I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans. This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA’s office. I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol. I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most. I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. I very much look forward to putting this behind me. Thanks you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”

 

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Jon Jones breaks his silence. Full statement: “While we all work to understand and cope with stress and uncertainties surrounding the current state of our world, I want to express how truly disappointed I am that I have become the source of a negative headline again, especially during these trying times. I am disappointed for letting down the people I care about the most, my family, friends and my fans. This morning I entered into a plea deal with the Albuquerque DA’s office. I accept full responsibility for my actions and I know that I have some personal work to do to which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol. I have dedicated so much time and energy to improve my community and I will not allow this personal setback to hinder my work within the community when we need it most. I truly appreciate the support I have received from the community of Albuquerque and all my fans around the world. I very much look forward to putting this behind me. Thanks you all for your continued love and support and please take care of yourselves.”

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It’s easy to point the finger, to say there’s the irresponsible person. There’s the one with all the problems. But when you’re in the public eye things are simply different. It’s easy to make grandiose statements behind a computer. Meanwhile many of those same individuals pointing the finger have made their own fair share of mistakes.

Even Daniel Cormier, former UFC light heavyweight champion and Jon Jones’ most bitter rival, has been sympathetic towards his former foe.

 

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Like it or not, the reality is that we all have demons. We can only hope that Jon Jones is sincere about battling his own. But it’s his battle to fight and one that he’ll have to take responsibility for.

While we can’t absolve Jones of his negligence, perhaps we can learn to be understanding, especially in this current climate.

Do you think we should still have patience with Jon Jones or are you done with him?

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Managing Editor at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

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