Former Reebok-sponsored athlete Jon Jones pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an auto accident in New Mexico District Court on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. With the guilty plea, Jones avoided jail time and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.
“My actions have caused pain and inconvenience in the lives of others, and for that I am truly sorry, and I accept full responsibility,” Jones said in a statement today. “I have been working hard during this time away from my sport to grow and mature as a man and to ensure that nothing like this happens again. … I apologize to those who were affected by my actions in this incident, and I am hopeful that I will be given the opportunity to redeem myself in the eyes of the public, my family and friends, as well as my supporters.”
Jones, a former UFC champion, was arrested in in Albuquerque, N.M., in April on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, according to reports, after hitting a car and fleeing a rented Buick SUV on foot. Reports also stated that a marijuana pipe was found in the SUV. Vanessa Sonnenberg, 25, who was pregnant at the time of the accident, was the driver of the car Jones struck.
Jones eventually surrendered to police and was released from the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center after posting $2,500 bond, according to the center’s website.
Following the incident, not only was Jones stripped of his light heavyweight title and suspended from UFC indefinitely, but Reebok dropped him as well.
“In light of recent events, we have made the decision to terminate our contract with Jon Jones, effective immediately,” the company said in an email after the accident.
Reebok had stood behind the troubled former UFC star in the past, including after he tested positive for cocaine and entered rehab in January.
“We commend Jon for taking the necessary steps to address this issue, and we will support him in any way we can,” Reebok said in a statement following the positive test. “The status of Jon’s relationship with Reebok has not changed.”
Jones was the face of Reebok’s campaign to promote the ZPump Fusion, appearing at public events and commercials for the shoe.