Jackson said the light heavyweight champion can rebound from the setback, and as long as he handles it appropriately, fans will not condemn him.
“He’s trying to do the right thing here,” Jackson said. “As long as you make a mistake and learn from it, I hope people give him a lot of latitude because we all make mistakes. And as long as he takes those positive steps and trying to do the right thing, I think we should all respect that and try and support him.”
The 24-year-old has already accepted a plea bargain and is expected to appear in court later this month. Jones must complete an alcohol and dependency assessment before his sentencing.
Although fighters' opinions have been mixed, Jones has received support from those close to him including his manager Malki Kawa and UFC president Dana White.
Add Jackson onto that list of growing supporters, and the future appears to be bright for the New York native.
The champion is expected to make his fourth title defense against Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on September 1.