It happens all the time.
Many people down a few drinks and still believe they are coherent enough to get behind the wheel. I’ve seen many times in my own history with friends, driving while intoxicated. It’s something that shouldn’t happen but the alcohol plays a big role in the decision making.
People make mistakes I understand this but the problem is when a mistake is made a lot of people are directly affected. But with athletes they set a higher standard for their faults and Jon Jones is no exception.
Over the past weekend UFC Champion Jon Jones was arrested for DUI in his home state of New York. He was driving in his Bentley he bought a few months ago. Here is an excerpt from the Broome County Sheriff's Office:
“According to the Broome County Sheriff's Office, Jones was arrested at 5:02 a.m. after suffering "minor injuries" following a one-car accident where his car struck a pole. Sheriff's office officials refused to comment on whether there were any passengers in the car with Jones at the time of the accident.”
Now I’m not going to write about Jones and beat him down for driving while drunk. I think he knows what he did was wrong, and is suffering more than enough with the backlash from fans and media. Being 24 and going through a big change in his lifestyle can be tough on anybody.
The problem I have is with the overall bigger picture of athletes driving while being drunk is just stupid. These athletes and even celebrities have shown in the past that they think they are immune to the laws. They are living the life that many others would like to and think that drinking and driving is OK. It’s a very troubling issue because they can afford many other options in terms of transportation.
The money is there and in Jon Jones situation, he had the same option. If he knew he was going out to indulge in a few adult beverages he could have made prior arrangements to avoid any problems. He could have called a taxi, had a designated driver with him, or even called for somebody to pick him up. It’s a simple phone call or text that could have changed everything.
Now Jones hasn’t come out with any sort of statement yet, and I’m sure it will be something that will be very remorseful and apologetic. But the issue still remains why so many athletes choose to drive drunk and put their lives in risk as well as many others. Sure people make mistakes but Jones was very lucky in making this mistake not risking serious injury to him or others.
Another reason why I think they are immortal to the laws is the leniency in the court systems. Many DUI incidents where “stars” are involved usually are handed down probation and community service. It’s basically a slap on the wrist because the defendant has a high priced lawyer and or their celebrity status would be tainted if given jail time. This gives the notion that what they did was wrong but nothing that is overly needed for harsh punishment.
The image will be tarnished for a bit with “Bones” and he will need time to reclaim his fans and public image back into a positive light.
Jones may have been living on top of the world recently but a reality check has set in.
Drinking and driving is more of being stupid than a mistake.
Just don't do it.