UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones was arrested this past March and would eventually plead guilty to a DWI. Masvidal believes that fighters like Jones, who get arrested for DWI’s, should have to do some community service.
“I remember back when I was young and we could be very influenced,” he said on The Dan Le Batard Show (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t want kids thinking that it’s cool for them to go out and drink and drive. You can hurt yourself very bad, but you could actually do something worse and take a whole family. You could do travesties if you’re drunk behind the wheel. So, in those regards, there should be things handed (down). If you were caught drinking and driving, you’re gonna have to give type of service back to the community. There should be some type of community service back to the public for educational purposes. Let these young minds know that, ‘Hey, this is not cool. This was a mistake that I did, but under no circumstances should you do this and think you can get away with it.’”
Jones, due to pleading guilty to a DWI, would get sentenced to 96 hours of community custody, better known as house arrest, one year of supervised probation, 90 days of outpatient therapy and 48 hours of community service, while Jones will also have to wear an ankle monitor and can only leave his residence with prior permission.
Masvidal believes that fighters like Jones, who get DWI’s, should also be allowed to fight again.
“It’s all we got, man,” he said. “Yeah, you got to be allowed to fight.”
There is no word when Jones, who hasn’t competed since UFC 247, will fight again.