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Jags’ Laurent Robinson to Justin Blackmon: You gotta grow up

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The Jaguars expect to start free agent signing Laurent Robinson at one wide receiver position this season and first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon at the other. And Robinson has taken it upon himself to provide a little veteran leadership to Blackmon.

Robinson told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he pulled Blackmon aside and delivered a message after Blackmon’s drunk driving arrest.

Just tell him you gotta grow up,” Robinson said. “You know, NFL players are targets, you gotta stay low key, low profile and you know just, everybody makes mistakes and you know he’s gotta learn from it and just keep doing better.”

Robinson’s advice is wise, although everyone — not just an NFL player — is a target when he drives around with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit. But the good news is that Robinson says he has seen indications that Blackmon is motivated to show that his drunk driving arrest isn’t going to define his rookie year.

“Playing with a little chip on his shoulder,” Robinson said. “Little mad about the whole situation. He’s going to be a pro. We’re going to help him out along the way and he’ll be fine.”

The Jaguars can only hope Robinson is right about that.

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39 Responses to “Jags’ Laurent Robinson to Justin Blackmon: You gotta grow up”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 13, 2012 9:42 PM

    I wonder who Blackmon is mad at? Himself or the authorities?

  2. doe22us says: Jun 13, 2012 9:47 PM

    Context is different, he wasnt targeted by some hoodlums trying to prove a point, but he made a bad decision to drive drunk. Giving him advice is well and good, but tell him to stay off the liquor.

  3. alldonesmith says: Jun 13, 2012 9:49 PM

    Maybe instead of being mad about the “situation” he should be embarrassed and remorseful. Unless he’s mad at himself for putting other peoples’ lives in danger for no good reason.

  4. rcali says: Jun 13, 2012 9:51 PM

    Yep, Blackmon is a changed man. Did anybody see the way he ran those routes in practice?

  5. jameslongstaffe says: Jun 13, 2012 9:52 PM

    That’s the way Laurent Robinson:) Play with a chip on the shoulder & prove everyone else wrong in time.

  6. ruthlssjag says: Jun 13, 2012 9:55 PM

    Cowboys made a big mistake letting this dude get away. He’s been nothing but a true ass professional & provides some serious veteran leadership. Can’t wait to see this dude play.
    “Gabbert to Robinson,” I can get used to that!!

  7. firstroyal says: Jun 13, 2012 10:01 PM

    He is a little mad at the situation?

  8. dawglb says: Jun 13, 2012 10:04 PM

    Ridiculous perspective some players have….. “target” = “victim” in that story. Thank you to the author for pointing out how ridiculous the use of “target” is.

  9. khuxford says: Jun 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    ““Just tell him you gotta grow up,” Robinson said. “You know, NFL players are targets,”

    Growing up is when you do the right thing and avoid the wrong thing because it is the mature way to be…not because you’re a target or people are watching you.

  10. ericn42000 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    Laurent, Jerry is an idiot to let you walk, thanks for all the TDs last year.

  11. mattador11 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:14 PM

    Laurent Robinson is still in the NFL?

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 13, 2012 10:14 PM

    Time will tell

  13. abninf says: Jun 13, 2012 10:15 PM

    Playing with a chip on his shoulder because he was driving drunk? Seriously?

  14. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 13, 2012 10:18 PM

    My son lost 2 friends in one summer to drunk driving,one of which was his best friend. Blackmon should thank his lucky stars that the cops found him before he injured or killed himself or someone else.

  15. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    Can you imagine telling a mother that she lost her child because you wanted to save the $85 it would cost you to get a ride home?

  16. ruthlssjag says: Jun 13, 2012 10:28 PM

    alldonesmith says: Jun 13, 2012 9:49 PM

    Maybe instead of being mad about the “situation” he should be embarrassed and remorseful. Unless he’s mad at himself for putting other peoples’ lives in danger for no good reason.
    ____________________________________
    Blackmon can hold is head up high at this point he wants. He did what he did, said the right things, yet people like you cant get over it & wanna drag his situation. You do know over 50% of the population drive intoxicated on a daily basis, right? Get over this incident & preach to the other 49.99999% that do it 7 days a week.
    Imagine having to sit next to a GM (to your left) who jumped 2 spots to land you & speak to the media knowing everything he’s saying can be used against him; not to mention the Owner sitting on the other-side in his first press conference after the incident, I think that’s enough embarrassment!!

  17. ruthlssjag says: Jun 13, 2012 10:34 PM

    khuxford says: Jun 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    ““Just tell him you gotta grow up,” Robinson said. “You know, NFL players are targets,”

    Growing up is when you do the right thing and avoid the wrong thing because it is the mature way to be…not because you’re a target or people are watching you.
    ______________________________________
    Here’s a prime example of a person who thinks he knows it all & MUST correct someone else that he has nothing to do with, just carrying around any form of negativity as if he didnt know what Robinson mean.. WOW some of u ppl are something else

  18. trojanwarrior007 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:47 PM

    Can’t be too mad at him. Every alcoholic has their ‘rock bottom’ moment. It’s obvious with that blood alcohol level that Blackmon can’t control himself with the liquor and should just stay away from it.

  19. sbdt says: Jun 13, 2012 10:48 PM

    @ruthlssjag – Yeah, I’m gonna need to see some documentation that clearly states that “over 50% of the population drive intoxicated on a daily basis.”
    You are the Mayor of Clown Town.

  20. vmannj says: Jun 13, 2012 10:51 PM

    ruthlssjag says:
    Jun 13, 2012 10:28 PM

    “You do know over 50% of the population drive intoxicated on a daily basis, right?”

    Seriously? Half the people driving on the road everyday are drunk? Wow!! And to think, you’re the only one here defending Blackmon. I guess simple logic isn’t for everyone.

  21. randallflagg52 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:54 PM

    Remember when Mchael Floyd fell in the draft due to alcohol related concerns? Yeah about that…

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 13, 2012 10:58 PM

    Situation could get very interesting. Jags won’t want to commit to Blackmon until after his trial, just before training camp. He has been pretty crappy in camp, and if he doesn’t start to show something, how much will they be willing to commit? It isn’t about his DUI anymore, so much as his lack of speed.

  23. randallflagg52 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:58 PM

    PriorKnowledge says:Jun 13, 2012 10:20 PM

    Can you imagine telling a mother that she lost her child because you wanted to save the $85 it would cost you to get a ride home?

    ==================================

    Dude are you paying for a limo service or something, because $85 seems crazy. I mean I live in Anchorage Alaska, which has one of the highest cost of livings (and DUI’s and cab fares) in the USA and the most I’ve ever spent on a cab is $50 including the tip.

  24. jarredhero says: Jun 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Robinson is right about being targets. Maybe not in this particular case, but in the bigger picture. If your out getting crunky the wrong ppl will notice you. Blackmon needs to look at the Larry Fitz’, Jennings, Hines Ward of the world.

  25. d2thejr says: Jun 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    Yeah @ruthlssjag 50% of the pop. is driving intoxicated daily, really… Thats the most off numbers ive ever seen. More ppl probably get road head than drive drunk. ha
    The problem is Justin Blackmon is just immature and he now has to learn how to grow up quick before he actually does harm someone or himself

  26. vjaxmyboy says: Jun 14, 2012 12:11 AM

    At least none of these haters are hypocrites, nobody ever drives after a beer. Dont get me wrong if your blowing in the .02 range your wasted, but dobt act like YOU haven’t done it but didn’t get caught.

  27. mactimo says: Jun 14, 2012 12:29 AM

    people are so judgmental and stupid! heres a pro athlete saying he pulled a young man aside and told him to grow up and people criticize him!!?? blackmon made a terrible decision, one that a huge percentage of the population has made and he hopefully learns from it but Robinson should be commended not criticized!

  28. mactimo says: Jun 14, 2012 12:32 AM

    btw Jarredhero hines ward was arrested for dui in 2011, so maybe he was looking to emulate him:/

  29. joshmelder says: Jun 14, 2012 12:35 AM

    You KAHN do it!

  30. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 14, 2012 1:03 AM

    So, Blackmon is “mad about the whole situation?” I’m guessing he’s mad that he got caught and is facing a possible suspension before he ever catches a pass in the NFL. For Blackmon’s sake, and the sake of anyone who crosses paths with him in the future-I hope some of that anger is directed at himself. I hope he learns his lesson and makes better choices in the future. I bet the Jag’s owner, coaches, players, and fans are “mad about the whole situation” as well.

  31. ruthlssjag says: Jun 14, 2012 1:34 AM

    @ruthlssjag – Yeah, I’m gonna need to see some documentation that clearly states that “over 50% of the population drive intoxicated on a daily basis.”
    You are the Mayor of Clown Town.
    ____________________________________
    I got an idea: why don’t you google it & I promise you’ll be damned by what that google engine does for you. I mean, it just simplifies what you’re looking for by typing in a few words in the search box. Its a very simple procedure, I’d never make it too complicated for the mentally-ill such as yourself. Friends??

  32. randallflagg52 says: Jun 14, 2012 1:45 AM

    jarredhero says:Jun 13, 2012 11:27 PM

    Robinson is right about being targets. Maybe not in this particular case, but in the bigger picture. If your out getting crunky the wrong ppl will notice you. Blackmon needs to look at the Larry Fitz’, Jennings, Hines Ward of the world.

    ==================================

    Seriously, Hines Ward? You do know he got arrested for DUI right?

  33. ruthlssjag says: Jun 14, 2012 1:47 AM

    ruthlssjag says:
    Jun 13, 2012 10:28 PM

    “You do know over 50% of the population drive intoxicated on a daily basis, right?”

    Seriously? Half the people driving on the road everyday are drunk? Wow!! And to think, you’re the only one here defending Blackmon. I guess simple logic isn’t for everyone.
    ____________________________________
    Do the mentally fukd up people like getting on this site at night or something:
    Too much logic is hard to obtain nowadays, especially when I refuse to argue with an idiot such as yourself <– logic found!! I know how the drill goes, "Never argue with an idiot, (in this case) you'll bring me down to your level & beat me with experience."
    I'm outee!!

  34. 805_9er says: Jun 14, 2012 2:41 AM

    This team would have a difficult time competing in the SEC. And nothing is changing…

  35. jimbo75025 says: Jun 14, 2012 3:49 AM

    randallflagg52 says:Jun 13, 2012 10:58 PM

    Dude are you paying for a limo service or something, because $85 seems crazy. I mean I live in Anchorage Alaska, which has one of the highest cost of livings (and DUI’s and cab fares) in the USA and the most I’ve ever spent on a cab is $50 including the tip.
    —————

    I believe he was referring to the NFL or NFLPA administered ride service which cost $85, but you are correct this does ccost way more than a cab unless you are going a heckuva long way

  36. blackandtealforeal says: Jun 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    805_9er says: Jun 14, 2012 2:41 AM

    This team would have a difficult time competing in the SEC. And nothing is changing…
    _____________________________________
    Really?
    The worst players in the nfl could form a team and beat last years BCS champion.
    Do you have any idea what it takes to be a mediocre player in the NFL?
    Stupid post. You probably are mad about the Jags passing on Tebow.

  37. citnetter says: Jun 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    Good luck getting “targeted” from Glabbert. Only reason you were successful last year in Dallas was 1)you actually has a QB who could get you the ball, and 2)no D respected you and rolled coverage over to Witten and Bryant.

  38. joetoronto says: Jun 14, 2012 9:40 AM

    ruthlssjag;

    It’s time for a chill pill there, buddy.

    Going into cardiac arrest, over something posted on a football website, just isn’t worth it.

  39. claydefayette says: Jun 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    Life lessons from Laurent Robinson=great. Maybe he’s a great dude but he may want to stick to improving his production on the field because odds are Blackmon will produce on a much higher level even with a suspension surely coming.

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