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Blackmon “likely” to hold news conference this week

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It’s rare that a top-five draft pick gets arrested before he signs his rookie deal.  It’s even more rare that any NFL player gets arrested for DUI with an alleged blood-alcohol concentration that triples the legal limit.

That’s what makes the case of Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon particularly compelling.  Making it even more intriguing is the silence that has emanated from both the team and Blackmon since the arrest.

But that could change later this week.  According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, Blackmon “likely” will hold a news conference later this week.

He’ll need to choose his words carefully, because the “anything you say can and will be used against you” routine applies to anything and everything he says, in any setting.  And it’s a lot easier to prove what he said when he says it into a microphone wired to a device that records what he said, while he’s saying it.

In Oklahoma, Payne County District Attorney Tom Lee says that Blackmon won’t be getting the opportunity to plead to a reduced charge of reckless driving, per Stellino.  And that makes sense.  Though plenty of celebrities and pro athletes enjoy the benefits from time to time of authorities who look the other way, sometimes the deterrent purpose of law enforcement is best served via the aggressive prosecution of someone with a high degree of name recognition.  Throwing the proverbial book at Blackmon (like New York prosecutors did with receiver Plaxico Burress when he shot himself in the leg) will let many know of the consequences drunk driving, sending a strong message not only in Stillwater, but from sea to shining sea.

Surely contributing to the decision to pursue Blackmon aggressively is the contention that he failed to yield for four blocks when police tried to pull him over, that he was argumentative, and that he said, “I just flew in.  I don’t know why you are harassing me.”

Then there’s the fact that Blackmon had to be told four times to keep his hands out of his pockets, behavior which when committed in the presence of the wrong cop can get a guy shot.

Regardless of how this plays out, here’s hoping Blackmon gets whatever help he may need in order to avoid the kind of decision-making that makes a guy drink enough to have a 0.24 percent BAC — and that makes him then get behind the wheel of a car.

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34 Responses to “Blackmon “likely” to hold news conference this week”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 5, 2012 1:16 PM

    Is this guy a knucklehead like the other former-OSU WR Dez Bryant…

  2. chatham10 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:24 PM

    He is going to hold his news conference as soon as he gets over his hangover.

  3. east96st says: Jun 5, 2012 1:24 PM

    Maybe the next CBA should give the NFL the right to tattoo “CALL A CAB” on every guy’s drinking hand the day he gets drafted.

  4. truthfactory says: Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    Funny how it seems that all the drunk drivers and drug users/ dealers use the “Why the poh-lice akwayz gotta be harrasin me?” lines…

    People who are innocent usually cooperate and are in and out within 5 min

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    Football star or not, the authorities promised to treat Justin the same as “any other drunken Cherokee/African American weaving down the highway in his pickup truck on a Stillwater Saturday night.”.

  6. mn1bjb says: Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    He will probably do more time than Donte Stallworth did for manslaughter.

  7. thraiderskin says: Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    Why is this such a big deal? Am I missing the scandal here? Has this never happened before that a Rookie pro-athlete got a DUI then pleaded not guilty?

  8. astrosfan75956 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:29 PM

    He needs jail time and help.

  9. effedinLA says: Jun 5, 2012 1:31 PM

    Hopefully this is the best thing that could have happened to him. Nobody got killed and maybe he will be forced to get his act together. Either he grows up quickly or he becomes another Bust like many before him. Good luck, you have every opportunity to succeed. Don’t be stupid… again.

  10. kosarsmyidol says: Jun 5, 2012 1:33 PM

    Maybe NFL players should install breathalyzer ignition interlock systems in their cars. Considering what kind of money is at stake, it’d be a great investment.

  11. shackdelrio says: Jun 5, 2012 1:37 PM

    “thraiderskin says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM
    Why is this such a big deal? Am I missing the scandal here? Has this never happened before that a Rookie pro-athlete got a DUI then pleaded not guilty?”

    It’s because it happened during the dead zone of June. Had this happened during the beginning of free agency or during the season, it would be buried with all the other stories. But there isn’t much else going on right now.

  12. joetoronto says: Jun 5, 2012 1:43 PM

    Wow, talk about an attitude, this guy is a walking time bomb.

  13. thingamajig says: Jun 5, 2012 1:43 PM

    The news conference is just waiting for his agent, lawyer and Jaguars to write his speech.

  14. mp42245 says: Jun 5, 2012 1:46 PM

    This is the same guy that Warren Moon had high praise for as a person. When asked to compare him to Dez Bryant, he said Bryant was a Knucklehead, but not him. Sir Charles, where are you?

  15. flbills says: Jun 5, 2012 1:47 PM

    Look..they took a pic of him without a big smile. Local video had him joking around while in courthouse.
    Funny huh?

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 5, 2012 1:47 PM

    He should try a drunken voicemail instead. He’s probably really good at those.

  17. DCBlueStar says: Jun 5, 2012 2:14 PM

    WOW! This sounds even worse when you read the other details.

    IE: Repeatedly being told to pull over, his dumb “don’t you know who I am” attitude, and his hands in his pockets.

  18. DCBlueStar says: Jun 5, 2012 2:14 PM

    WOW! This sounds even worse when you read the other details.

    IE: Repeatedly being told to pull over, his dumb “don’t you know who I am” attitude, and his hands in his pockets.

  19. hatesycophants says: Jun 5, 2012 2:14 PM

    Says the former ambulance chaser. I assume Blackman didn’t bow & scrape enough for you, Florio?

  20. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 5, 2012 2:17 PM

    Charles Rogers 2.0

  21. wetpaperbag3 says: Jun 5, 2012 2:28 PM

    Unless he’s gonna hold his press conference at a Betty Ford Clinic or while at a AAA meeting, then what’s the point?

  22. DCBlueStar says: Jun 5, 2012 2:29 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:47 PM
    He should try a drunken voicemail instead. He’s probably really good at those.

    He can’t. He surely would’ve called a cab if he knew how to use the phone when he was drunk.

  23. slingingsh1t says: Jun 5, 2012 2:34 PM

    Notice to all rookie and free agent WR’s if Jacksonville picks you or signs you, it’s not a good sign for your career. You either are not very good or have some sort of character defect. These guys haven’t had a decent WR since Jimmy Smith.

  24. shiftyshellshocked says: Jun 5, 2012 2:44 PM

    Blackmon, says it all.

  25. b1rdbath says: Jun 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    shiftyshellshocked says:
    Jun 5, 2012 2:44 PM
    Blackmon, says it all.

    truthfactory says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM
    Funny how it seems that all the drunk drivers and drug users/ dealers use the “Why the poh-lice akwayz gotta be harrasin me?” lines…

    ———————————-

    The racism on this site is appalling. It’s amazing Florio how you will delete so many comments that actually talk about football, yet these type of comments are welcome with open arms.

    This kid is young and stupid and did something that could destroy his promising career. He deserves to be criticized for these comments are ignorant and out of line.

    You know that these type of comments create hits and that’s why you print them. Congratulations for for contributing to the ignorance. Of course you can always delete this right?

  26. hedleykow says: Jun 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    A stiff drink will be well deserved after putting himself through all that.

  27. hedleykow says: Jun 5, 2012 3:37 PM

    @truthfactory

    You nailed it, bro. Racism and ignorance sell better than sex these days. And it is a shame there are so many willing to take their slice of the pie without any apparent guilt whatsoever.

  28. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    Most normal drinkers are incoherent at .160, and unconscious at .200. The fact that this guy has built up enough tolerance to alcohol that he could actually get in a car, find the ignition with the key, and get it running while at .240 shows that this is a kid with a pretty serious alcohol problem.

  29. iownyou2 says: Jun 5, 2012 4:29 PM

    jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    Most normal drinkers are incoherent at .160, and unconscious at .200. The fact that this guy has built up enough tolerance to alcohol that he could actually get in a car, find the ignition with the key, and get it running while at .240 shows that this is a kid with a pretty serious alcohol problem.
    ——————————————————
    Incoherent at .16?? Dude thats like 4-5 beers. As a recent college student at a big school (like Blackmon) I can tell you I breathalyzed myself just for fun many times and i was at a .16 before I even left for a bar and was nowhere near incoherent. A .25 was after a pretty decent night of drinking but nowhere near unconscious. I definitely wouldnt be getting behind the wheel but to say this kid had a problem bc he blew a .24 is pretty premature.

  30. trojanwarrior007 says: Jun 5, 2012 4:33 PM

    anything short of admitting he has a drinking problem and needs to do AA will be a joke. people don’t understand how bombed you have to be to blow a .24. it doesn’t help that he has a past history with DUI.

  31. beelicker says: Jun 5, 2012 4:51 PM

    Responsible drinking is a skill which can be acquired, maybe like hitting a curveball.

    Sometimes you just need the right coaching & a little practice. OTOH, some people just got ‘it’ & some people never will …

  32. beelicker says: Jun 5, 2012 4:54 PM

    & memo to staff: Boss wants to know just who did the background check(s) on this one?

  33. doe22us says: Jun 5, 2012 5:31 PM

    shackdelrio says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:37 PM
    “thraiderskin says:
    Jun 5, 2012 1:27 PM
    Why is this such a big deal? Am I missing the scandal here? Has this never happened before that a Rookie pro-athlete got a DUI then pleaded not guilty?”

    It’s because it happened during the dead zone of June. Had this happened during the beginning of free agency or during the season, it would be buried with all the other stories. But there isn’t much else going on right now.

    Comment from two stupid dogs, drunk driving kills people just in case you woke up from the rock that you came from.

  34. mvincent81 says: Jun 5, 2012 5:53 PM

    Hoping they play “I’m pretty good at drinking beer” by Billy Currington at his press conference. Hope he can hold onto the football as good as alcoholic beverages; if so he will be a a hall of famer!

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