Star boxer Errol Spence Jr. has pleaded guilty to DWI nearly three years after he crashed his Ferrari in Dallas while driving drunk.
The 32-year-old unified welterweight world champion entered the guilty plea last week, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to three days in jail but was given credit for time already served, according to TMZ Sports.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. in October 2019. Spence Jr. was driving on Riverfront Boulevard, allegedly at a high rate of speed and without a seatbelt. Surveillance cameras captured the Ferrari going over the center median and flipping at least 5 times, ejecting Spence Jr. from the vehicle.
Miraculously, Spence Jr. survived, and suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Dallas Police.
Spence Jr. has since fully recovered from the injuries and returned to boxing.
Barry Sorrels and Stephanie Ola, of Sorrels Ola, released a statement Monday on behalf of Spence, where he admitted to drinking and driving.
“In October 2019, I was hanging out and having some drinks with some friends and ended up wrecking my car and nearly killing myself. Fortunately, no one else was involved in the accident and I am most grateful for that. It was an incident that would profoundly change my life,” the statement says.
“As I recovered, I thought of how much I could have lost and how blessed I was to have a second chance at life, but I also know with this platform I can spread a very powerful message. Don’t drink and drive. Not one drink. It’s not worth it. Thank you to my family, friends and those in the community who helped and supported me throughout this ordeal. I am forever grateful.”
Spence is 28-0 with 22 knockouts in his professional career. His last fight was at AT&T Stadium in April, when he defeated Yordenis Ugas by TKO.