UFC star Jon Jones turned himself in to authorities today, after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation, reports TMZ. The violation is for the five citations Jones was handed for allegedly drag racing in Albuquerque, New Mexico—Jones says he was simply revving his engine at some fans—and he is on probation after pleading guilty last year to hit-and-run charges.
Jones got into it with the cop who pulled him over, and his rep seems to think this will all blow over, telling TMZ, “we are confident he will be released once he has an opportunity to explain to the judge the facts in this case.” But despite turning himself in this morning and having a high-powered lawyer, according to Bernalillo County Detention Center records Jones is still in custody, and doesn’t currently have a bail hearing scheduled.
Jones is scheduled to fight a re-match against Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Jones defeated Cormier for that title way back in January 2015, but later had his title stripped because of the hit-and-run incident. Cormier claimed the vacated title by defeating Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187.
The UFC released the following statement:
“UFC is aware that Jon Jones turned himself into the Albuquerque Police Department this morning for a potential probation violation stemming from a traffic stop last week. UFC has been in touch with Jones’ legal team and will have no further comment until the organization has had appropriate time to gather necessary information.”
Correction: This story originally said that Jones was arrested for violating his parole. Jones was arrested for violating his probation, not parole.