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Jones-Drew: Media blows Blackmon’s issues out of proportion

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Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is sick of hearing about his teammate Justin Blackmon in the media.

Blackmon has faced criticism in the press for his off-field actions in the 13 months since the Jaguars made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, off-field actions that included a guilty plea to aggravated DUI and a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. In Jones-Drew’s opinion, the media criticism of Blackmon has been “out of control.”

“The media just blows it out of proportion,” Jones-Drew said. “A lot of people make several mistakes. If you’re that age and you have that amount of money, how would you act? If you answer that question truthfully, you can go from there.”

It won’t surprise you to learn that I, as a member of the media, think Jones-Drew is wrong: Blackmon’s issues are a significant story in the NFL, and reporters who cover the NFL are of course going to cover Blackmon’s issues.

And while Jones-Drew may be right that “a lot of people make several mistakes,” that doesn’t mean Blackmon shouldn’t be held accountable for his mistakes. There are many, many people who make a lot of money at a young age and don’t get into trouble for driving drunk and failing drug tests. Blackmon’s problems make him the exception, rather than the rule, and that’s what makes him a target for critical coverage in the media.

And until Blackmon stops getting into off-field trouble, he’s going to keep getting criticism in the media. Whether his teammates like it or not.

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41 Responses to “Jones-Drew: Media blows Blackmon’s issues out of proportion”
  1. mtheparrothead says: May 14, 2013 3:43 PM

    Wait wait wait. You’re saying the media sensationalizes stories?? Egads!!

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: May 14, 2013 3:45 PM

    I can’t believe the media made a story out of nothing and got Blackmon suspended for the first 4 games of the year.

  3. ilovefoolsball says: May 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    It’s ok you don’t have to take up for Blackman, Jones-Drew.

  4. thejuddstir says: May 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    DUI and Failed drug test…..”blown out of proportion”???? Up until now, I had always thought MJD to be more of a stand-up guy when it came to facing responsibility and accountablility but guess he has different values.

  5. jsticky870 says: May 14, 2013 3:49 PM

    “That doesn’t mean Blackmon shouldn’t be held accountable for his mistakes”

    That right there is the problem. The media isn’t responsible for “holding people accountable.” They’re responsible for reporting, and that’s it. In the internet era, media outlets are like piranhas. They swarm on a story and sensationalize it to get clicks. Then, they hide behind “accountability” to justify it. Pretty lame, in my opinion.

  6. lions81slappy says: May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    he’s not saying the media shouldn’t report it, he is just stating it gets blown out of proportion. evidence is clear when more than two stories are written regarding the incident, most of which are nothing but speculation from the supposed purveyors of truth and information

  7. whatnojets says: May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    Don’t tell me that what you report is not true!

  8. sportnorcal says: May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    Are you really going with the “It’s all the media’s fault” defense?

  9. blackandbluedivision says: May 14, 2013 3:53 PM

    See I see both sides of the story. I see why the media would cover it and I see how they would blow it out of proportion. You don’t need to ask his entire team what they think of their teammates…everyday. It gets old. The only person you should be addressing his Blackmon and he’s employers.

  10. ravensterps says: May 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    I made some stupid, stupid decisions when I was younger, many of which involved drugs and/or alcohol. But that’s what they were. Stupid decisions. I’ve grown older and now I make better decisions. While addiction and mental health issues are serious, that doesn’t mean that Blackmon is dealing with those issues.

    Maybe he enjoys smoking a little marijuana now and again. Is that really such a big deal? If we tested and suspended players for drinking alcohol, Blackmon would be far from the only player with “issues.” MJD isn’t saying we should give Blackmon a pass, he’s just bashing the media for blowing things out of proportion. Blackmon needs to get his head on his shoulders and stop making stupid decisions. End of story.

  11. ravensterps says: May 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    thejuddstir says: May 14, 2013 3:48 PM

    DUI and Failed drug test…..”blown out of proportion”???? Up until now, I had always thought MJD to be more of a stand-up guy when it came to facing responsibility and accountablility but guess he has different values.

    ——————————————–

    I think, and I could be wrong, that MJD is referring to the rampant speculation about Blackmon having a drug addiction or alcoholism. I’m pretty sure MJD isn’t supporting drugs or drunk driving.

  12. northstarnic says: May 14, 2013 4:05 PM

    @jsticky870
    “That doesn’t mean Blackmon shouldn’t be held accountable for his mistakes”

    That right there is the problem. The media isn’t responsible for “holding people accountable.” They’re responsible for reporting, and that’s it. In the internet era, media outlets are like piranhas. They swarm on a story and sensationalize it to get clicks. Then, they hide behind “accountability” to justify it. Pretty lame, in my opinion.

    Just wanted to repost this as you so spectacularly hit the nail square on the head. Well said, sir. Well said.

  13. themonkeyman says: May 14, 2013 4:06 PM

    How easy to blame the media for blowing multiple arrests out of proportion. Because he is young with a few bucks, we shouldn’t say anything for him screwing up multiple times. No mention of what a dummy he may be for not learning his lesson after the first time or the second time or the third time. If he ends up doing time in the future, it will be the media’s fault as well for his activities!

    It amazes me the comments people make for defending such dumb behavior. Blackmon’s problem is all media driven…suuuure it is MJD, sure it is.

  14. natijim235 says: May 14, 2013 4:14 PM

    the media blows many things out of proportion but that said…..when all else fails never blame yourself it’s always someone else’s fault – since when has jones drew become the voice of reason anyway

  15. bennyb82 says: May 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    In other words, do not bash my drinking buddy.

  16. mz1394 says: May 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    In three years that’s 2 arrests for DUI and a susp for a drug of abuse. Yeah that’s overblown . Jones-drew should just shut up and play ball. If his salary was based on his wisdom he would make a nickel a year

  17. moeman79 says: May 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    I think MJD you run your mouth to much. First you call out Jay Cutler for not playing with a knee injury but you seem to be ok not playing with a knee injury. Now you say a dude with two DUI’s and a 4 gamer for controlled substances being blown out of proportion? Hold out again dude lets see where that gets you…oh yhea less money and a injury.

  18. profootballwalk says: May 14, 2013 4:19 PM

    If there is a God, a drunk driver will kill someone in Jones-Drew’s family. Then, let’s see how he deals with it.

  19. psuorioles says: May 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    DUI is not blowing it out of proportion… it’s a selfish act and he could have killed somebody.

  20. bennyb82 says: May 14, 2013 4:22 PM

    On another note, does anyone think it is strange that alcoholism is considered a “disease” when really it is about the source someone turns to when something is off mentally physically or emotionally…or when everything is fine? If alcohol is a disease then I have the football disease. And I will not get the help I need…ever.

  21. theawkwardyears says: May 14, 2013 4:29 PM

    I agree with MJD , who hasn’t been hopped up on goofballs every now and then? Would you rather have your players taking a handful of Oxy’s or smoking a joint?

    FACT DRINKING IS WORSE THAN MARIJUANA IN EVERY WAY.

    The justice system is a joke. If Marijuana was legal most of these players wouldn’t be out drinking Patron.

  22. cpo187 says: May 14, 2013 4:34 PM

    Can we just call him Maurice Drew now??? He’s not a little kid or anything, let’s just do 1 last name.

  23. ken0west says: May 14, 2013 4:36 PM

    MJD is 100% on this. The only reason “many, many” young people with money don’t fail drug tests is cause most of them don’t have to take the stupid things.

    NFL will drop Marijuana from the banned substance list by 2020 anyways, and who really cares who smokes pot? I never understood why they even test for it.

  24. prmpft says: May 14, 2013 4:44 PM

    Well welcome to the 21st century mate!

  25. bigbenh8tr says: May 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    Stop it MJD. You are slowly showing everyone your lack of intelligence. 2 DUIS!!!!! You don’t do that if you don’t have a problem. Granted he is young, everyone makes mistakes including myself….but they don’t have Tebow to talk about and nobody cares about Geno Smith.

  26. thefiesty1 says: May 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    With support from MJD like this Blackmon will just escalate his “troubles.”

  27. regisphilbin says: May 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    They’re pal, friends of mine have seen them drinking together at jax beach bars.

  28. thesteelers says: May 14, 2013 4:53 PM

    Media blows everything out of proportion, that’s their job: to spin things.

  29. onbucky96 says: May 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    3 DUIs is blown out of proportion? SMH Midget Jones Drew.

  30. dontfwme says: May 14, 2013 5:01 PM

    MJD, you bringing it up and commenting on it gives the media another chance to write another round of stories about it. If you want it to go away, just don’t talk about it. It will fizzle out, someone else I’ll get arrested or suspended, and the pitchfork wielding public will move on to the next story.

  31. granadafan says: May 14, 2013 5:04 PM

    Often times the media frenzy forces institutions to actually act and not cover up for crimes. For example, Penn St and Paterno allowed a child predator to molest children for years as long as the millions came rolling in. Paterno stonewalled local reporters looking to investigate. It wasn’t until there was a national media and public outcry that the administrators finally realized the error of their ways in allowing Sandusky to prey on children that they acted.

    Other times, the public shaming can work when, say, a running back wants to irrationally renegotiate a contract two years into the deal in which he received most of the money upfront.

  32. sandersmarcus10 says: May 14, 2013 5:08 PM

    Thats the media’s job to blow things out of proportion. I know people with DUI’s and other problems but you dont hear NOTHING about them in the paper or the internet bottom line the young man needs to get his act together.

  33. gebbyluv says: May 14, 2013 5:10 PM

    That’s the problem with people in this world and MJD, no one wants to take responsible for anything they wrong but want all the credit if they do something right. If MJD was the commish the NFL would fall apart because there would be no leadership.

  34. thejuddstir says: May 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    Obviously MJD isn’t the brightest bulb in the pack……….enough said.

  35. britkei says: May 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    Typical entitlement comment from MJD, these players are coddled their whole lives and think nothing of these “minor” mistakes.

  36. jagsfan1 says: May 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    As a Jags fan…I can tell you that they are not worried because last year he did not show up at all for about the first 8 games…..so we are used to no production from him.

    Yeah he turned it on a bit in the 2nd half of the year….but there were many games where he looked like a non caring, slow, lazy, BUST.

    I would cut him right now…we stink anyway – so might as well send a message and really change the “culture”.

  37. japmen says: May 14, 2013 6:07 PM

    DUIs aren’t a big problem. Just ask has been Stallworth.

  38. thewarrenmoon says: May 14, 2013 6:53 PM

    Of course Jones drew thinks its ok to assault people in a Denny’s.

  39. ruggamontana85 says: May 14, 2013 7:42 PM

    Blackmon is a grown man and in a profession like the NFL you are held accountable for all your actions no matter what…….. If u dont want to be in Roger Godell doghouse just do right and do what you gotta do……

  40. rcali says: May 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    Only the jags thought they were so smart that they could fix DUImon.

  41. kappy32 says: May 15, 2013 2:27 AM

    I made a lot of money at a young age, failed drug tests & got a DWI. The media didn’t write about it – aside from one dismissed drug charge – because I’m a no one, but I’m paying for it at a not very old age. It’s not worth it. The dude needs to get the right support around him before he loses it all. Sounds like MJD is being what my fellowship family would call an enabler.

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