ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 16: Fighter Jon Jones poses after a press conference promoting UFC 145: Jones v Evans at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
"I would just kind of like to let the fans know to give him a chance. Give yourself a chance to get all the facts in yourselves, wait until everything gets said and done and then at that point if you want to vilify him afterwards and you heard him speak and you heard him say his part and then vilify him, I can’t control what people are going to say. But it is too soon, it is too quick in my opinion. He really is a decent guy, he’s a very, very good guy, trying his hardest to be a good role model, a good example and he wants to be that. No one’s perfect and he’s never said he was and never said that he doesn’t make mistakes. It’s a fact he made a mistake, he messed up and I’m sure he’s going to come out and apologize and do what he’s got to do. No one’s running from anything, at the end of the day he’s a man, he’s going to stand up like a man, but there’s obviously legal advisers involved, processes involved and he’s just going through it right now. I can promise you that he’s trying his hardest not to stay quiet and not address the concerns, he’d like to. Obviously in no way shape or form am I or any member of my team or any representative of Jon is making any kind of excuses or condoning any type of behavior. All we’re saying in a nutshell is give us a chance to get everything in, give us a chance to understand everything that happened and everything that’s going on and then we can come out and actually say something that’s intelligent and that can explain things and that people can get their answers in one shot."
Malki Kawa, manager for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, understands the public backlash directed at his client following a May 19, 2012 arrest for driving while intoxicated (DUI) in Binghamton, New York. Kawa tells MMA Weekly that "Bones" won't run and hide from his "mistake" and will "stand up like a man," but must also adhere to the advice from his legal counsel to avoid making a bad situation even worse. How about it fight fans, are you ready to give the UFC 151 headliner his day in court? Or have you already convicted him in the court of public opinion?