Report: Blackmon to enter rehab

AP

Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for his latest violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and he’ll be eligible to apply for reinstatement before next season.

We’re starting to get some idea of what Blackmon will do between now and then. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Blackmon will enter a rehab facility in response to the suspension.

While it’s not clear what Blackmon did to trigger the new suspension, heading to rehab is a way to signify a serious intent to change one’s ways before it becomes time to ask back into the league. Blackmon will also be subject to unnanounced testing throughout his suspension and a rehab facility should be a pretty good place to avoid the kind of behavior that lands you on the suspended list.

As Schefter points out, the NFLPA has been pushing for players to get treatment in the wake of substance abuse violations before disiciplining them, as in the case of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. That didn’t happen with Blackmon, but perhaps his trip to rehab can get him some help before he does more damage to himself or anyone else.

18 responses to “Report: Blackmon to enter rehab

  1. He’ll take the “Hollywood Cure.”

    A week or so in cushy rehab; then he checks himself out proclaimed “cured!”

    Doesn’t mean he’ll be reinstated so quickly.

  2. I question howmuch it can actually help. The possibility of future millions wasn’t enough to get him to straighten up… what’s his motivation now? Hope he can get it sorted out.

  3. You have to want help not be pressured into it becausee of something you did.

    It is a first step but maybe he should have entered a facility before the season started.

  4. Like the Jags didn’t have enough problems on their hands. Where are all those folks talking about you don’t trade a 24 year old stud wide receiver? Hmmm… Interesting.

  5. Hopefully the trend continues of these guys getting treatment and trying to improve their lives. No shame in rehab…the shame is living in denial and wasting once-a-lifetime kind of chances.

    Blackmon is a very young dude with a ton of talent…I hope he turns it around.

  6. This Jag fan says best wishes with your rehab. The team should have put a Dez Bryant-like team of security and drivers around your immature, selfish ways.

    The one thing about secrecy of what the infraction was that triggers the suspension is that folks start rumors. My gut says this is a physically-addicting substance because anyone can say no to weed for a couple months a year.

    The repeated denials of problems by the player himself, coupled with these redundant press releases after each infraction also lead me to think the denial goes deeper than he even thinks. I hope he goes somewhere good. This guy can convince people that he is ok when he clearly is not.

  7. I hope he went in for the right reasons. And if he didn’t, I hope he comes to understand the right reasons while he’s there.

    The kid has talent. I hate to see it squandered…

  8. Drafted this guy in round 1, and released undrafted Jarrett Boykin, now burning it up for the Packers, after a rookie try-out camp.

    The personnel department in JAX is seriously messed up.

  9. Drafted this guy in round 1, and released undrafted Jarrett Boykin, who broke all receiving records at Virginia Tech, has 10-1/2″ hands, and is now burning it up for the Packers, after a rookie try-out camp.

    The personnel department in JAX is seriously messed up.

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