On Monday, Israel Adesanya, the former UFC middleweight champion, pleaded guilty for drunk-driving charges against him in New Zealand
Adesanya was stopped by authorities and was found to have 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his system on August 19, 2023, following his attendance at a dinner gathering with friends. It’s worth noting that the legal limit in New Zealand is set at 50 milligrams.
During his appearance at Auckland District Court, Adesanya formally entered a guilty plea to the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of either three months’ imprisonment or a fine of £2,189.
In his statement, he expressed remorse and issued an apology to his family, his team, and the community, acknowledging his poor decision to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol at the dinner event. Adesanya explained that he was pulled over and subjected to a blood test, which revealed a blood alcohol level of 87 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.
Karl Trotter, the attorney representing Adesanya, made a request to the judge that no conviction be recorded, a request which the judge granted. Trotter indicated that during the sentencing hearing scheduled for January 10, he would pursue a discharge without conviction.
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