The money has nothing to do with it: Rich or poor, Jon Jones's DWI is unacceptable
The most prevalent response thus far has been one typical of cases like this.
"He's rich, why couldn't he afford a cab?"
While I agree with the general premise that Jones and every other professional athlete has enough money to avoid driving drunk, that really doesn't have anything to do with it.
It's not a matter of money, it's a matter of personal responsibility.
Anyone who can afford to go out and buy drinks at a bar can afford to make arrangements for safe transportation home.
If you or I go to the bar and buy enough $5-10 drinks to get intoxicated, then we should have enough money remaining in our wallet to shell out a few bucks for a cab ride home. And I can't speak for all of you, but I'm damn sure not a professional athlete, and not independently wealthy by any means.
Still, if I can't afford a cab ride, then I'm also too drunk for overpriced drinks at an actual bar. I'd much rather hit up the liquor store, get 10 times the amount of alcohol for the same price, and have a few friends over for a safe evening of enjoyment.
So clearly, the issue isn't money. It never has been, and never will be.
The reason people drive drunk has nothing to do with the affordability or availability of taxis. It's the mentality that they won't get caught, that they won't hurt anyone, or that they're not that drunk.
The truth is that we frequently see how wrong people are in that belief. Whether it's Donte Stallworth killing a pedestrian, a promising athlete like Nick Adenhart (and a friend) dying before his time, or Leonard Little running a red light and killing someone's mother, there are signs everywhere that should let us all know that this behavior is never acceptable.
Jon Jones is wrong, and will most certainly take his fair share of criticism from both the media and fans.
But let's not vilify him just for having enough money to sneeze at a cab fare. That would somehow excuse the mere mortals among us who do the same thing.
He's wrong for driving drunk. Just like you or I would be, if we did the same thing.
Seriously though, read this story. It's over 3 years old, but it will always be worth your time.