Israel Adesanya has been cleared of a drunk driving charge over an incident on August 19th, 2023.
According to reports, Adesanya was over the limit of ‘50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.’ At the time of the stoppage in Auckland, New Zealand, Adesanya had 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. He pled guilty to the charge on September 25th, 2023, in New Zealand.
“I want to apologize to the community, my family, and my team for the decision I made to get behind the wheel after drinking at dinner. I was pulled over and gave an evidentiary blood test. The reading was 87 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. I am disappointed with my decision to drive, It was wrong. I know that people might follow me and I want them to know I do not think this behavior is acceptable,” Adesanya stated
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The incident was a month before his middleweight title defense against Sean Strickland at UFC 293, which he lost. While he has escaped the charge, Adesanya has been banned from driving for six months. He will also pay $1500 towards a drunk-driving charity and participate in a drunk-driving programme in New Zealand. The news will shift Adesanya’s focus back on MMA as he seeks to secure the biggest fights.