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Justin Blackmon suspended four games for substances of abuse violation

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Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon finished strong in 2012, catching 25 passes and scoring two touchdowns in the final four games of the season.

It looks like we’re going to have to wait a while to find out if he picks up where he left off. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report that Blackmon has been suspended for four games by the league for violating league policy and the NFL later announced that it was specifically a violation of the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Blackmon led the Jaguars with 64 catches last season and that closing flourish raised hopes that the fifth overall pick of the 2012 Draft was going to continue developing into a top-flight receiver. Blackmon will still be able to practice with the Jags and play in preseason games, so this won’t totally halt that progress but there’s no denying that it’s a wrench in the plans for a player with two drunk driving arrests before he signed his rookie deal with the Jags.

The Jaguars play the Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks and Colts in the first four games of the 2013 season.

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79 Responses to “Justin Blackmon suspended four games for substances of abuse violation”
  1. northshorejag says: Apr 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    Matt Jones II

  2. bgm9876 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:18 PM

    Loser.

  3. tigers182 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    I believe the NFL season should just start the 5th week of the season considering half the league is suspended from offseason incidents until then.

  4. seatownballers says: Apr 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    Hope they’re learning their lesson from chosing a guy with a history of problems

  5. 202folife says: Apr 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    man these kids need to get a real job for a month making $15 an hour then they’ll appreciate their god given gifts more and realize how great they have it.

  6. jtbaudendistel says: Apr 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    Shouldn’t the Jags be allowed to use some PHDs?? Might make them a tad competitive

  7. whitdog23 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    shaking my head. these athletes NEVER learn to run away from their former lives

  8. dnelson21 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    Very disappointing. Was hoping he would learn after his drunk driving episode a year ago.

  9. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    I knew he had to be on something to model those crazy looking uni’s.

  10. beefjerky1 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    What a dumba**!!

  11. spellingcops says: Apr 30, 2013 4:20 PM

    Just can’t fix stupid. And I’m referring as much to the Jags drafting department as I am to Blackmon.

  12. blacknole08 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:21 PM

    I bet alcohol was involved.

  13. watermelon1 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:21 PM

    Well…. Tebow WOULD have had someone to throw to!

  14. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 30, 2013 4:21 PM

    what he did for that kid a few years ago out weigh all the other crap he does!!!

  15. footballfan84 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    Justin Blacklabel at it again..

  16. gloryfromheaven says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    Yikes, it’s not like they’re a playoff team anyways…

  17. hrmlss says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    No shock there. Partying with Matt Jones?

  18. vancouvernfl says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    looks like another adderall case…

    appealed and overturned

    next story

  19. commonsensedude says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    So, the Jags’ number one draft pick from last year gets a four game suspension after only one year in the pros and after busting a DUI before last season even began. This is coming from the team that thinks it’s too good to give Tim Tebow a shot?

  20. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    Adderall. It’s always adderall.

  21. keiteay says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    In his defense, he wasn’t exactly lying when he said he would stay sober “for now.”

  22. beefjerky1 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    What a dumba**!! He is blowing a good opportunity as this is now his 2nd offense.

  23. briang123 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    What is a “substances of abuse violation?”

  24. jack3dsd says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    let me guess….it was adderall!!

  25. RetardotheGreat says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    With Blackmon out for 4 games, I definitely won’t be drafting Gabbert this year in my FF draft.

  26. footballfan84 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:24 PM

    Are you really surprised?

  27. Pat says: Apr 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    was he already in the program because of his DUI’s? my question is whether he is allowed to drink alcohol, and if so, if he tested positive for drinking. still stupid, but not as terrible as other drugs

  28. 4t9er says: Apr 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    Way to destroy your future and lose all your guaranteed money Blackmon.

    RT @corryjoel @brian_mcintyre Blackmon’s suspension should also void $10,772,248 of guarantees in ‘13-’15 contract years

  29. shaggytoodle says: Apr 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    He has some potential, but between DUI’s and now this, he needs to get it figured out if he wants more than 5 year career.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    Maybe Gene Smith will offer a deal to bring him to the team he is now the general manager of.

  31. bennyb82 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:26 PM

    202forlife,

    Where are these $15/hour jobs that you are talking about. I have a degree from a great school and have trouble finding a job that pays half that…

  32. kwgator says: Apr 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    The Jags, No Thank You

    — Tim Tebow

  33. helladonks says: Apr 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    What a role model he has been for that sick little girl he was always with during his OSU days

  34. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2013 4:27 PM

    Maybe that explains his strong second half last season.

  35. alecanthony says: Apr 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    The Lions and Bengals are reportedly now interested in trading for Justin Blackmon

  36. delmonte55 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:28 PM

    And they said Dez would be a problem. Wow!

  37. thatstinks says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    Really glad I turned in Cecil Shorts as a keeper in my fantasy league !

  38. tuberippin says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    “man these kids need to get a real job for a month making $15 an hour then they’ll appreciate their god given gifts more and realize how great they have it.”

    While I agree, I would like to point out that most of these guys are not exactly bright. I highly doubt they’d get jobs starting out at $15/hr.

  39. keevel says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    Million dollar body and a ten cent head.

  40. madmax80 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:30 PM

    The Jaguars play the Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks and Colts in the first four games of the 2013 season.

    ————

    Well, I guess any hopes of going 0-3-1 in their first 4 games just went down the drain.

  41. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2013 4:31 PM

    Voids $11 million in guarantees for Justin Blackout. Good move, genius.

  42. milkmandanimal says: Apr 30, 2013 4:32 PM

    As if being Blaine Gabbert didn’t suck enough already.

  43. btowngetsdown says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    “The Jaguars play the Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks and Colts in the first four games of the 2013 season.”

    Good news, they were probably losing all of those games anyway.

  44. onbucky96 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:33 PM

    Dumbass. He’s had a couple of DUIs and now this. Remember last yr when he didn’t want language in his contract dealing w/alcohol, etc. Again, dumbass.

  45. alligatorarms says: Apr 30, 2013 4:34 PM

    But, but, but, wasn’t Dez Bryant supposed to be the one without the brain cells? Isn’t that what you said Warren Moon?

  46. inphinitejest says: Apr 30, 2013 4:35 PM

    @ pat, who says alcohol is not as bad as other drugs-
    Hey man, look up drug rankings as far as the amount of damage they do to individuals, families and society as a whole.
    Alcohol is the worst, by far.

  47. manilovethepftcensors says: Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Probably “adderall”, right?

  48. jagsgrl says: Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    way to go

  49. daysend564 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    Good thing he’s better than Dez Bryant!

  50. 49erlifer says: Apr 30, 2013 4:38 PM

    Hey at least you get multiple chances. Regular people just lose their jobs no questions asked.

  51. daysend564 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:39 PM

    Stick this in your pipe Warren Moon!

    According to Moon, Blackmon was Bryant “with all his brain cells” and not a “knucklehead” like the Cowboys receiver.

  52. 2ndaryinsanity says: Apr 30, 2013 4:40 PM

    Serves the Jag’s right…there were plenty of red flags that they ignored. But does it REALLY matter which receivers are on the field when Blaine Gabbert (or Chad Henne) is the quarterback???

  53. uwsptke says: Apr 30, 2013 4:41 PM

    It can’t be Adderall. That’s classified as a performance enhancer, not a drug of abuse.

    And I’m pretty sure that he must have failed multiple tests in order to be suspended by the league. Your first failed test usually lands you in a treatment program. Unless his prior DUI arrests automatically gave him one strike.

  54. hrmlss says: Apr 30, 2013 4:47 PM

    Adderall again?

  55. judsonjr says: Apr 30, 2013 4:50 PM

    Just say the sample wasn’t sealed properly and loudly tweet that justice will be done.

  56. bigkountry24 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:50 PM

    One word. Stupid! What else really needs to be said?

  57. ickky says: Apr 30, 2013 4:50 PM

    Another Brilliant move by Rick Speilman. Drafting Kalil, instead of Blackmon, like many suggested.

  58. atrophiedambitions says: Apr 30, 2013 4:51 PM

    At some point, there should be a 1-hour long “C’mon Man!” segment that covers the entire off-season.

  59. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    bennyb82 says:
    Apr 30, 2013 4:26 PM
    202forlife,

    Where are these $15/hour jobs that you are talking about. I have a degree from a great school and have trouble finding a job that pays half that…

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

    Ummm… have you tried McDonald’s or Taco Bell? I’m pretty sure minimum wage is around half that…

  60. rockthered1286 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    Must have been in Decatur with Rolando McClain…

  61. miserynmossouri says: Apr 30, 2013 5:00 PM

    Glad the rams didn’t draft him. We have enough issues without him.

  62. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    Who are these doctors who keep giving adderall to football players? You rarely hear about it in any other sport but it’s become so common in football that it’s the first “drug of abuse” that comes to mind.

  63. kayakattack says: Apr 30, 2013 5:06 PM

    This is for last seasons DUI . not a new offense .. so much anger and hate .. smh

  64. i10east says: Apr 30, 2013 5:11 PM

    Even without Blackmon, the Jags should be .500 after those first four games.

  65. browns627 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:29 PM

    just brilliant! poor jags

  66. mobuccsfan says: Apr 30, 2013 5:36 PM

    202folife

    Exactly as another guy stated. Same boat here–okay my school probably wasn’t anywhere as good as the other commenter’s nor were our career choices the same I’m sure–but yeah, I’d give anything for a job making $15 an hour–
    Please share because I would be so thankful and most appreciative for such an opportunity.

    I do get the point you were trying to make though. Many of these athletes, musicians and actors/actresses, etc just don’t get it man. Have talents and abilities and great gifts and yet, always getting in trouble with the law, drugs, alcohol, sex scandals, etc etc. It is just crazy and makes no sense to me. I would give anything to play football for a fraction of the money these guys make.

    And to whomever said about what this guy did for that girl while at OSU–that is great and all but we can’t always be defined by our pasts–not when stuff like this keeps happening.

    Point remains, poor choices keep being made and yes, he is not very much of a good role model–not that it should matter.

    Parents should be role models to their kids and nobody else–or in my case I can be a role model to my siblings since I don’t have any kids.

    Bet Jacksonville won’t keep him long–player from Smith’s regime anyways. Gus will slowly build that team into a competitor–kind of how the Raiders will finally get built back into shape and be back into the playoffs again in the next two to three years.

  67. schmitty2 says: Apr 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    “hello Richard Sherman..this is Justin Blackmon- Can I pick your brain for a minute? I’m in a tight jam”

  68. vikesfansteve says: Apr 30, 2013 5:59 PM

    Surprised it took him this long

  69. blancodiablo says: Apr 30, 2013 6:02 PM

    But does it REALLY matter which receivers are on the field when Blaine Gabbert (or Chad Henne) is the quarterback???

    ————————————————-

    Actually it does. With Gabbert, the WR’s are guaranteed two yard outs thrown behind them. At least a mediocre Henne can throw a ball forward (re: the Houston matchup last year).

    Cant blame Blackmon though. Watching Gabbert play QB is enough to make people drink and do other things unexpected. Could only imagine if my livelihood depended on it.

  70. blancodiablo says: Apr 30, 2013 6:13 PM

    On a good note, Season tickets are still available!

  71. goldrush36 says: Apr 30, 2013 6:33 PM

    Okay we can stop talking about Dez like he has been some kind of angel.

  72. ballboy48 says: Apr 30, 2013 6:38 PM

    I remember people bashing Cleveland for not taking Blackmo last year. I’m sorry. I’d take Richardson and Josh Gordon, any day!

  73. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 30, 2013 6:49 PM

    i would stay drunk if i was a jag too

  74. goatcheez says: Apr 30, 2013 6:57 PM

    You guys realize the guy who drafted Justin Blackmon is fired right? Scold Blackmon or even the old GM all you want, but the Jags new GM and new Jaguars organization is not to blame.

  75. docboss says: Apr 30, 2013 7:07 PM

    This is the guy the Rams wanted very much.

  76. billsboy88 says: Apr 30, 2013 7:26 PM

    Substances of Abuse? The heck does that mean? Thought it was a misprint at first

  77. tabcdef9 says: Apr 30, 2013 7:42 PM

    briang123 says: Apr 30, 2013 4:23 PM

    What is a “substances of abuse violation?”

    Exactly. With the kind of barely cohesive thinking displayed by the NFl at times (“Policy and Program of Substances of Abuse”) it’s no wonder things rarely happen promptly, in the right way and when they should. “Policy of Substance Abuse” works well for the 99%

  78. theuglitruth says: Apr 30, 2013 7:42 PM

    Everyone was vilifying the Cardinals yesterday about not giving the honey badger guaranteed money….reality check!

  79. fearthehoody says: Apr 30, 2013 8:56 PM

    Reggie Williams and Matt Jones dont approve

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