Justin Blackmon: I have no excuse

Getty Images

The NFL announced Tuesday that Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and Blackmon has issued a statement in response to the league’s decision.

“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

General Manager David Caldwell also issued a statement that says the team is “disappointed” in Blackmon and “confident he understands the obligations ahead of him” while adding that the team will not allow this news to slow down the progress they’ve made over the last three months. Thanks to two DUIs before he signed with Jacksonville, there are significant protections written into Blackmon’s contract that wipe out his remaining guarantees in the event of a suspension. The Jags could, therefore, cut him without owing another dime.

Caldwell’s statement offered no indication that the team plans to do that, but we saw the Bucs rework their contract with cornerback Eric Wright under similar circumstances this offseason.

52 responses to “Justin Blackmon: I have no excuse

  1. What he should do is not return until 5 weeks have passed instead of 4. Pretend he lost track.

    Then he could say “Aw man, See? Told you it was the adderall!”

  2. You do have an excuse, you have to spend half the year in Jacksonville, that’s enough of a reason for most people to turn to a life of illegal substances.

    By the way, to continue our conversation from yesterday – he’s the populations of top 3 cities in Florida. Jacksonville is the biggest and most populated, the folks there might want to know this as they apply to join Georgia.

    1 Jacksonville 821,784
    2 Miami 399,457
    3 Tampa 335,709

  3. It’s refreshing to hear someone take accountability for their actions and say they have no excuses. Definitely doesn’t happen enough.

  4. “FF steal this year. Will go VERY late in drafts. Bet he gets 8 TDs over those final 12 games.”

    Which QB is Jax going to trade for that is going to throw 8 TD passes this year?

  5. I’m not condoning what he did, but at least he didn’t lie or didn’t make up something like “I didn’t know what I was taking” or my personal favorite “I was hacked”

  6. No doubt for weed. Like the boxer who got fined 910k for smoking weed, while the guy on roids got. A 10k fine. Show you where priorities are.

  7. People who violate the substance abuse policy should never be allowed to use the word “mistake”.

  8. “No excuses? That’s rare.”

    No explanation either. Typical PR fluff. You, good sir, have drank the kool-aid.

  9. “I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the (insert team name here) in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the (insert team name here) when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and (insert team name here) fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

    Agents have a file of prepared statements

  10. “1 Jacksonville 821,784
    2 Miami 399,457”

    Yes the population of Miami is 400,000.

    However, the population of the Miami metro area is 5 MILLION. There’s not 4 MILLION people hiding in the jacksonville metro area.

  11. Sounds like many here are congratulating him for owning up to his mistake or is it mistakes? Correct me if I am wrong but to get suspended for 4 games he had to have failed to previous tests all in the short time he has been in the league. Kind of sad with how fortunate they are and what they are given they cant sacrifice at all and give up the past.

  12. “Owning up to his mistakes”, means he would have come out and apologized after the incident occurred, not after the subsequent suspension goes public.

  13. His statement where he takes full responsibility was so refreshingly shocking coming from a wide receiver no less but the last couple of paragraphs quickly explained his “pretension” at humility. Oh well nearly fooled me.

  14. “FF steal this year. Will go VERY late in drafts. Bet he gets 8 TDs over those final 12 games.”

    Which QB is Jax going to trade for that is going to throw 8 TD passes this year?

    Sam Agrabo

  15. he’s the populations of top 3 cities in Florida. Jacksonville is the biggest and most populated,

    1 Jacksonville 821,784
    2 Miami 399,457
    3 Tampa 335,709

    You missed the point. Miami is a major market. Jacksonville…. not so much.

  16. Anyone still think the Cardinals should not decline to guarantee contract payments to Mathieu?

  17. Wow. Making millions and messing up. Well that’s what you get with a second rate organization like the Jaguars. Maybe Mr. Khan should take some pointers from Steve Bisciotti

  18. pittsburghsteelerz says: Apr 30, 2013 5:19 PM

    “No excuses? That’s rare.”

    No explanation either. Typical PR fluff. You, good sir, have drank the kool-aid.
    ————
    Not at all. He hasn’t been in the league long enough to get suspended for weed, so it was obviously a PED violation. I’m just saying he didn’t try to claim ignorance or a tainted sample, or some of the other excuses we tend to hear when players get caught.

  19. Prime example of why YOU should be a role model to your children, not athletes. Before he was drafted, he was depicted as the role model for a kid back in Oklahoma. DUI’s and other substances? Yep, that’s what I want my kid to emulate. NOT. Go to class, get a great education, be who GOD created you to be and do al he placed in you to accomplish.

  20. He accepted responsibility for his actions. There goes any possibility of ever becoming a Steeler.

  21. If anyone thinks he thought up or made that statement, they’re on the same stuff that got him the suspension.

  22. We hear how these clowns talk when interviewed but then are expected to believe that they could put together a grammatically correct statement. It was offered as a written statement of remorse because Blackmon couldn’t even pronounce the words in the statement much less write it. I believe it is verbatim of the statements his agent put out with his previous 2 DWI’s. I agree with another poster who said he doubts Blackmon is into the weed……my money says cocaine.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!