Jon Jones will still have his day in court stemming from a misdemeanor battery charge but it appears UFC president Dana White is already in his corner.
Jones was charged after a waitress at a gentlemen’s club in Albuquerque, New Mexico accused the light heavyweight champion of physically accosting her during his visit to the establishment. The woman claimed Jones slapped her and also put her in a chokehold before leaving the club.
She later called police and filed charges against Jones. Through his representatives, Jones has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
For his part, White had stated just days ago that he had gone ‘numb’ to Jones’ problems outside the cage after he’s faced a litany of legal issues in recent years including a hit-and-run car accident as well as a DUI in the past.
Now it appears the UFC president is backing the light heavyweight champion after he claims to have seen videos from the alleged incident.
“Some of the videos are coming back. I’ve seen some videos. I don’t want to talk about it cause I don’t want to hurt his case or whatever but it’s unfortunate, let’s put it that way,” White told TSN in Canada. “When you’re famous, these types of things happen to you.
“From what I’ve seen so far, when it all surfaces and comes to the top, it looks good for Jon. It looks very good for Jon Jones. It’s quite sad actually.”
While the UFC maintains a code of conduct police for athletes that could potentially punish Jones regardless of the outcome of his legal case it doesn’t appear White will be looking to dish out any discipline for this particular incident.
Jones claimed he wasn’t even aware of the charges against him until he was notified by a local news outlet in Albuquerque. He later paid the necessary fine regarding the bench warrant that was issued.
If convicted, Jones could potentially face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.