UFC’s Jon Jones pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge in a plea deal regarding an April incident at a New Mexico strip club, ESPN reported Tuesday.
The charge stems from April 19 when a cocktail waitress accused Jones of “slapping her in the genital region” and “pulling her down into his lap and kissing her neck,” according to the criminal summons. According to ESPN, the waitress also told police that Jones “put her in a chokehold and picked her up off the ground,” and that Jones continued to touch her until he left, despite her asking him to stop.
Jones was initially charged with battery and failed to appear at a bond arraignment in June. The judge issued a bench warrant, which was active when Jones was in Las Vegas facing Thiago Santos during UFC 239, but the Albuquerque Police Department said that they did not arrest him because they’re not usually alerted to “petty misdemeanor warrants like this.”
In July, a Jones spokesperson called the accusations “false,” and said that his camp was unaware of the charge until Albuquerque news station KRQE told them shortly before giving the statement. Jones initially pleaded not guilty to the battery charge.
He went as far as to tweet that he was “definitely not in any trouble.”
I’m definitely not in any trouble my friend, don’t be so quick to believe everything you read on the Internet. 🤙🏾 https://t.co/d3GPuRDfpb
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 22, 2019
Jones, 32, received a 90-day deferred sentence in the new plea deal, according to ESPN. During that time, Jones must “avoid arrest or violating the law, consume no alcohol or drugs, be under unsupervised probation, not return to the scene and pay court fees.”
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