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Justin Blackmon pleads not guilty to aggravated DUI

Justin Blackmon, Shahid Khan, Gene Smith, Mike Mularkey AP

Many questions remain up in the air about Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the wake of this weekend’s arrest for aggravated DUI, but we now know that he’s pleading not guilty.

Blackmon entered the plea on Monday in Oklahoma, per Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. It is a misdemeanor charge, which means jail time is unlikely for Blackmon. He could still face suspension or other punishment from the league, however, because he had a DUI while he was in college.

Blackmon was arrested early Sunday morning and blew a 0.24 on a breathalyzer test, three times the legal limit in Oklahoma. He was also speeding, just as he was when he was arrested in 2010.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for July 24th. That’s three days before the Jaguars are scheduled to open up training camp. Blackmon’s case probably won’t interfere with his availability for camp, but that’s likely of little solace to the Jags at this moment.

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63 Responses to “Justin Blackmon pleads not guilty to aggravated DUI”
  1. footballfan5255 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:49 PM

    Jim Brown thinks .24 is just ordinary.

  2. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 4, 2012 3:49 PM

    Blackmon? I thought it was Tony Todd for a second there.

  3. realitypolice says: Jun 4, 2012 3:50 PM

    The Jags aren’t exactly suffering.

    If anything, this gives them tremendous leverage in contract negotiations. Not on the money side as much on the personal conduct side. Clauses that Blackmon might have balked at before he will now have to accept.

    If this guy comes in and is great, how long will the team have to deal with any blowback from drafting and signing him?

    Not very long at all.

  4. zillabeast says: Jun 4, 2012 3:53 PM

    50 lashes from KHAAAN’s handlebar whiskers in public. That’ll show him.

  5. jimr10 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:53 PM

    His lawyer said he wasn’t even there..

  6. kane337 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:55 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. mavajo says: Jun 4, 2012 3:55 PM

    How does a second offense of DUI, at .24 this time, NOT result in jail time?

    Insane.

  8. spartan822 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:55 PM

    How can he possibly think it’s a good idea to plead not guilty? They have proof that he was driving drunk. Either he’s really dumb, or he needs to fire his lawyer, or both. He’s just lucky he didn’t hit someone.

  9. eagles107 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    .24 and how are u “not guilty”?

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 4, 2012 3:58 PM

    Should be charged with aggravated DUH! Jags should take a hard line because he has been mediocre in workouts so far. Not a quick learner on or off the field.

  11. polamalurulz43 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:59 PM

    Donte Stallworth thinks it is a good idea you get some help, Justin.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 4, 2012 4:00 PM

    Temporary insensibility.

  13. ruthlssjag says: Jun 4, 2012 4:01 PM

    He may be trying to drop this down to a wreckless, however, at least it didn’t happen to Blackmon in Florida where it’s nastier out here.
    On a side note, the League should have NO say on what happened during his 1st DUI, as he served a one game suspension & moved on to show that he can overcome the bad image (not to mention he blew under a .08 but at age 19).
    Moving along, I’m just speechless about this whole situation. Why would you do it right before you sign your 1st ever contract?? This, in no way, will hurt his stocks as an NFL player, by that I mean he can still be whatever WR he chooses to be, but it does put a dent on his contract status & unfortunately his image. I know Khan, Smith & Mularkey will work something out to seek help for this youngster, if need be, & you better bet “counseling” is in the writings as we speak!!

  14. chrisjohnston10 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:01 PM

    He still must be drunk.

  15. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 4, 2012 4:02 PM

    Well, what the hell is he supposed to say???
    Gotta try to find a loophole way out, now he buys time, the lawyer researches all the discovery, we’ll see where it goes……..But again, if he gets 2 DUI’s in 2 years, and blows a legit 0.24, he REALLY has a drinking problem.

  16. kayakattack says: Jun 4, 2012 4:03 PM

    If he has a good rookie year, nobody will care.

  17. ms72lbc says: Jun 4, 2012 4:06 PM

    Mavajo, the arrests were in 2 different states (Texas and Oklahoma).

  18. swagjag says: Jun 4, 2012 4:09 PM

    Hey.. that could have been ANYBODY’S breath. You weren’t there.

  19. spankygreen says: Jun 4, 2012 4:09 PM

    I am always surpised at how many people slam athlete’s for behavior that hurts the athlete ONLY, but have very little to say constructly with what’s happening with Congress and other infractions that happen affecting the average person’s life…….case in point:

    Catholic Diocese on the hook for over $600 million in dollars settling sexual assault cases in America………25 responses

    Some poor, idiotic athlete get’s a DUI (not to slight this, horrible too)……..175 responses..

  20. realitypolice says: Jun 4, 2012 4:12 PM

    spartan822 says:
    Jun 4, 2012 3:55 PM
    How can he possibly think it’s a good idea to plead not guilty? They have proof that he was driving drunk. Either he’s really dumb, or he needs to fire his lawyer, or both. He’s just lucky he didn’t hit someone.
    ==============

    No one every pleads guilty at a preliminary hearing. Ever. It is simply a formality. Guilty pleas come much closer to trial after both sides negotiate a plea agreement.

    Believe me, he will at some point plead guilty. No way this goes to trial.

  21. RizzosRug says: Jun 4, 2012 4:17 PM

    Defense:

    I was not aggravated, your honor. I was however mildly perterbed when the cops pulled me over.

    Defense rests.

  22. bfree2k says: Jun 4, 2012 4:18 PM

    “He’s like Dez Bryant with all his brain cells. He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant is” Warren Moon. Hey Mr. Moon, do you care to revise your bullsh*t statement sir?

  23. wberg21 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    As a Rams fan I would like to thank the Jags for jumping to 5 and drafting him.

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 4, 2012 4:22 PM

    Warren Moon needs an explanation.

  25. ruthlssjag says: Jun 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    kayakattack says: Jun 4, 2012 4:03 PM

    If he has a good rookie year, nobody will care.
    ______________________________________
    Thank You!! A person who finally “understands”…
    Needless to say, if he has a monster year, ALL this is past garbage. He has that type of potential, so lets see who has the last laugh!! Soooooo many headlines to cover, do you honestly think anyone besides the Jags organization is gonna care about this? I think NOT, I say NOT, I know NOT

  26. thefiesty1 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    Two DUI’s? One is more than enough. How can these guys be that unlucky to get stopped every time they drink and drive? Just plain stupid.

  27. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:24 PM

    We could have stopped after the first two comments … those were great!

    Blackmon=40 year old looking Candyman!

  28. lbpackfan says: Jun 4, 2012 4:25 PM

    Hmmm…he had a prior in 2010 (BAC?)…and now a DUI with .24 BAC…isn’t this like having 4+ DUI’s essentially? 0.08 is the legal limit and he blew 3 times that for this latest one…

  29. ruthlssjag says: Jun 4, 2012 4:34 PM

    wberg21 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:21 PM

    As a Rams fan I would like to thank the Jags for jumping to 5 and drafting him.
    ______________________________________
    As a die-hard Jags fan, YOUR WELCOME.
    3 years from now, we”ll see who has the last laugh. Btw, correct me if I’m wrong, but hearing about your beloved Fishy coach punch his fist down & throwing his glasses on the table was the first laugh, can’t deny that.. hahaa

  30. sabatimus says: Jun 4, 2012 4:35 PM

    I’m concerned for this man. I’m wondering about alcoholism here.

  31. miamimike1 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:41 PM

    With a .24 alcohol level he most likely be thrilled with a suspension. It will take him that long just to get over his hangover .

  32. meytonpanning says: Jun 4, 2012 4:42 PM

    Zillabeast that was the funniest comment i’ve ever read in this site.

  33. bbk1000 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:42 PM

    What is the Dragnet theme song….let’s think about it…

    I sounds like the below:

    Dumb de dumb dumb, dumb de dumb dumb, dumb….

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    Blackmon will still be over the legal limit when the Jags mini camp opens in the middle of June.

  35. tweeter75 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    I thought that was Ron Jeremy in the picture for second…..it’s Sahid Khan.

  36. thingamajig says: Jun 4, 2012 4:52 PM

    Plead not guilty after being found 3X over the limit? He must be getting advise from a NFLPA lawyer.

  37. kcsuperbowlbound says: Jun 4, 2012 4:52 PM

    I heard he has a job interview to work for EXXON as captain of one there oil tankers…

  38. juliojohnson69 says: Jun 4, 2012 4:58 PM

    ALL IN BABY!!!

  39. perfectkarma says: Jun 4, 2012 4:58 PM

    Yep, he didn’t do it. Story came from nowhere. He was actually enjoying a quiet evening at home reading Finnegans Wake. I wish some of these guys would just man up.

  40. JaminJake says: Jun 4, 2012 4:58 PM

    spartan822 says:
    Jun 4, 2012 3:55 PM
    How can he possibly think it’s a good idea to plead not guilty? They have proof that he was driving drunk. Either he’s really dumb, or he needs to fire his lawyer, or both. He’s just lucky he didn’t hit someone.

    ___________________________

    It all comes down to policy and procedure. If they can find something wrong with one of the steps, it can void any result the officers obtained.

  41. sportmentary says: Jun 4, 2012 5:02 PM

    The guy is as innocent as the Vilma and the rest of the Saints.

  42. iced107 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    And on a 2nd note I would put more faith in how he actually performs in the field sobriety tests then the breathalyzers. Those machines have been proven to be faulty and not long ago, here in Florida they found about 1/3 or 2/3 of the machines were proven to be inaccurate.

    Some of the ways they have been inaccurate include misreadings of the volume of air blown (some machines said 5 liters of air – both human lungs combined cannot make this much air) as well as counting one breath double. So theres a possibility he blew a .12

    I have serious reservations that he blew .24 – not saying its not possible, but he would have had trouble standing and driving straight at that level unless he’s an alcholic – which then again you could see this through his body stature (health,football shape,etc.)

  43. joetoronto says: Jun 4, 2012 5:11 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jun 4, 2012 3:50 PM
    The Jags aren’t exactly suffering.

    If anything, this gives them tremendous leverage in contract negotiations.
    ***************************************************
    Yup, they can take a page from the Bungals book of cheapness.

  44. trollaikman8 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:38 PM

    Dwayne Goodrich (google him) thinks this is a bad start for the 1st rounder.

  45. rcali says: Jun 4, 2012 5:40 PM

    DUI #2 should mean he walks everywhere or rides public transportation.

  46. luther6 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:51 PM

    The “not guilty” plea was for the preliminary hearing. It doesn’t mean he’ll ultimately plead not guilty at his trial or take a plea from the DA. This is very pro forma. Calm down, people.

  47. rickrock6661982 says: Jun 4, 2012 6:18 PM

    Even while intoxicated, he made Brandon Weeden look good

    That’s actually pretty impressive

  48. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 4, 2012 6:54 PM

    He pleaded guilty because drew Brees is his attorney. Drew Brees still needs to see some actual evidence.

  49. annes22 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:11 PM

    #2 DUI’s and he should go to jail. Most normal people do who don’t have money. Then how about the Community Service, AA meetings and DUI school? Sorry I forgot he has money to pay an attorney to get him off it all. I forgot the driving suspension for 5 years.

  50. sportmentary says: Jun 4, 2012 7:29 PM

    The first step that alcoholics need to take is admitting that they have a problem. So this guy is off to a piss poor start. Look for DUI @3 being just around the corner.

  51. cowboyscanada says: Jun 4, 2012 7:32 PM

    If he had any brains, he would plead guilty, take his lumps, and get on with his career.
    His lawyer must see a flaw in the investigation for him to fight this.

  52. ssraebel says: Jun 4, 2012 7:34 PM

    Where is the row row row your career guy? That sh*t was funny.

  53. 69finfan says: Jun 4, 2012 7:38 PM

    90 day jail sentence, 1 yr DUI probation, 100 hrs community service, advanced DUI school, Victim Inpact Panel, 5 yr DL revocation, 1 yr ignition interlock upon DL reinstatement. Welcome to the real world Mr. Blackmon

  54. davidcl77 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:40 PM

    Idiot.

  55. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 4, 2012 7:50 PM

    It sure seems like alot of NFL players are getting arrested for DWI’s and DUI’s lately. However, I don’t think it’s any worse than DWI/DUI’s found in the general population (no, I do not have the actual statistics because I only have a limited amount of time to waste here). I do think it’s ridiculous that wealthy professional athletes resort to drinking & driving when they have lots of other options (not always the case with “us regular folks”). The NFL has a program in place where players can get a free ride if they’ve had too much to drink (not sure if this was available since he hasn’t signed with the Jag’s yet). Even if the NFL didn’t offer this, why don’t these guys just rent a limo or call a cab? C’mon, they’ve got the money for it! Speaking of money, isn’t a limo or cab cheaper than being suspended and losing game checks?
    Here’s several other options that work: use a designated driver; don’t drink if you’re going drive; or stay home and drink.
    The bigger issue is that this irresponsible behavior can kill….not just the selfish, idiotic jack___ who’s driving while impaired. Unfortunately, the drunk often walks away with minor injuries, leaving their victims seriously injured or dead.
    This is Blackmon’s SECOND offense…if he’s found guilty, maybe he should spend some time in jail. I hope the NFL suspends him for at least 1 game. This guy just “doesn’t get it” and hopefully will grow up before he kills someone.
    The Lions, on the other hand, may need to set up a weekly AA meeting at their facility.

  56. jg725 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:50 PM

    spankygreen says:
    Jun 4, 2012 4:09 PM
    I am always surpised at how many people slam athlete’s for behavior that hurts the athlete ONLY, but have very little to say constructly with what’s happening with Congress and other infractions that happen affecting the average person’s life…….case in point:

    Catholic Diocese on the hook for over $600 million in dollars settling sexual assault cases in America………25 responses

    Some poor, idiotic athlete get’s a DUI (not to slight this, horrible too)……..175 responses..

    You must be a complete idiot – go ask donte stallworth or leonard little if drinking and driving can HURT ANYONE BESIDE THEMSELVES

  57. lostsok says: Jun 4, 2012 7:57 PM

    He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone.

  58. mortimeryoung says: Jun 4, 2012 8:08 PM

    Ignorant people should not be on here giving thumbs-up’s and -down’s — let alone commenting! Many of the above comments say things like “his lawyer must be really stupid for advising him to plead Not Guilty,” and those comments have like a 10:1 up:down ratio. Get a clue! ANY lawyer practicing criminal defense will tell ANY client to plead NOT GUILTY and take a look at the evidence, EVERY TIME.

  59. allnightdwight says: Jun 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    For what very little it’s worth…pleading not guilty at first appearance/ arraignment is entirely routine. Procedural, not substantive. Doing otherwise would have been real news.

  60. seahulk9 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:55 PM

    he was framed! hahahahahah what a jackass. get caught with 11grams of pot…..felony. speeding at 3 times the legal drinking limit for the second time ….misdemeanor????

  61. bullpuppy552 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:56 PM

    Come on Justin, lets start the 12 step program. Ready? Repeat after me, my name is Justin and I have a drinking problem. See, that was easy. Lets try it again with a little more force in your words.

  62. CKL says: Jun 5, 2012 8:25 AM

    @ 2ndaryinsanity,

    I liked your post except for this part:

    “I do think it’s ridiculous that wealthy professional athletes resort to drinking & driving when they have lots of other options (not always the case with “us regular folks”)”

    While technically true, it seems to absolve people to an extent from dd if they aren’t wealthy. If you have the money to drink, but not the money for a cab, get wasted at home with your friends, and stay there.

  63. squared80 says: Jun 5, 2012 9:18 AM

    Not accepting responsibility for his own actions. He’s already a true professional athlete!

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