Jon Jones cites ‘unhealthy alcohol relationship’ in statement following arrest

UFC star Jon Jones has admitted he needs to work on his 'unhealthy relationship with alcohol' in his first statement issued following his DUI arrest.

The UFC light-heavyweight champion was taken into custody in Alberquerque, New Mexico last Thursday morning on charges related to drink driving and misuse of a firearm.

Jones was reportedly found 'drunk' behind the wheel of a Jeep after officers were alerted to the area by the sound of gunshots.

The 32-year-old denied firing a weapon which was subsequently found at the scene – along with a half-empty bottle of tequila – and has since issued a statement.

Jones said: "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, which involves the unhealthy relationship I have with alcohol."

MMA Junkie report that Jones will avoid jail time as a result of striking a deal with the Albuquerque office.

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