The arrest of receiver Justin Blackmon for aggravated DUI will provide Jaguars owner Shahid Khan with the first significant test of his ownership. Apparently, Khan currently plans to in turn put Blackmon to the test.
“It’s [look in the mirror] time,” an unnamed Jaguars official tells Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange. “He’s going to have to ‘fess up, take ownership of the situation, and lay out a course for dealing with this thing head-on.”
The unnamed official also rejects the idea that high-profile Jaguars receivers, from R. Jay Soward to Jimmy Smith to Reggie Williams to Matt Jones, are in some way curse. “It has nothing to do with anyone by [Blackmon],” the official said. “We’ll deal with him on this incident . . . not any ghosts of the past.”
But Blackmon needs more than huffing and/or puffing and/or a threat to blow his house down if he blows another 0.08 or higher in the future. Given his past DUI arrest and the extreme level of alleged intoxication this time around, Blackmon apparently needs help.
And, as explained during Tuesday’s PFT Live, he deserves help from the team — not because he was the fifth overall pick, but because he’s an employee of the franchise. Here’s hoping that Khan doesn’t use the same double standard that other franchises have employed in the past, making excuses for the star and making examples out of the scrub.
Here’s hoping that every team does the same thing moving forward.