NFL suspends Justin Blackmon again for violating substance-abuse policy


The promising pro football career of Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is now officially teetering on the brink of implosion.

Blackmon, the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been suspended for the balance of the 2013 season.  He is eligible to apply for reinstatement before the 2014 season.

“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,” Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell said in a team-issued release.  “That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.  His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time.  The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin’s status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”

The eight-game suspension strongly suggests, based on the language of the substance-abuse policy, that the penalty was the result of a negotiation between the NFL and the NFLPA.

Blackmon, as we understand it, was in Stage 3 of the league’s substance-abuse program.  Violation of the policy while in Stage Three ordinarily results in a banishment with the ability to re-apply after a calendar year.  The union and/or Blackmon’s representatives apparently persuaded the league to trim the return date in half.

Still, Blackmon must remain clean throughout his suspension, since he remains subject to unannounced testing up to 10 times per month.  Any further slip-ups will make it harder for him to secure reinstatement in 2014.

94 responses to “NFL suspends Justin Blackmon again for violating substance-abuse policy

  1. Guy probably wanted to forget he played for the Jaguars. Get himself released, get on the straight and narrow, find a new team.

  2. If i were a Jag’s fan I’d actually be relieved. You can move on now. No way this guy comes back to the team and no longer do you have to sit around just waiting for him to get in trouble again.

    Find a QB and move on without this waste of flesh.

  3. Can you believe this fool? Miss 4 games, come back with 130+ & 190 yard breakout performances that show why you were drafted and now you are gone again? And it should have been a year, not the negotiated down 8 games that you got. He STILL got off lucky. Just wow.

    Josh Gordon, I hope you are paying attention. I pray you are. This could be your life. This guy is going to dope his way out of the NFL like “56 catches & 13 touchdowns” hiimself, Charles Rogers.

  4. This guy is a headcase. All the talent in the world. He just came off being suspended for the first four games this season. Stupid.

  5. Gene Smith is a hypocrite. He kept saying character, character and drafted Blackmon.

    Gene was worst GM in the league history. Far worse than Matt Millen. Comparing Gene to Matt Mallen is like comparing Tebow to Montana.

  6. Man, never ceases to amaze me how these knuckleheads continue to mess up over and over, when they have the whole world in the palm of their hands. Pappy always said you can dip a turd in gold, you still just end up with a gold colored turd.

  7. People assume it is pot, but like with Miller they kept talking about addiction, I have been told numerous times you can’t get addicted to pot, so is this something worse? It doesn’t seem to me that pot would be that big of a deal, but if it is coke or something worse then it is and should be. Hopefully he can get clean and stay that way.

  8. Hope this man gets the help he needs. Most rehab programs fail so it will be an uphill battle. I still think this player has Hall of Fame ability if he ever gets a QB.

  9. giantsfanlewis says:
    Nov 1, 2013 4:37 PM
    He needs to be traded to Miami. Seems some guys down there need to sit around the piece pipe and calm down



    Peace pipe.

    How do you screw that one up?

  10. A diminished ban implies some sort of an appeal process occurred and, therefore, a delay in the breaking of this news. Is it possible that he got busted for his 3rd offense while still on suspension for his 2nd offense?

  11. Kid needs help. For some reason he can’t seem to beat his demons and it is sad to see with the amount of talent he has shown. Here’s to hoping he and the Jaguars can help him for his own sake because it has seemed he has had his issues for a long time.

  12. If I’m not mistaken he’s in the ‘program’ because of his love of the bottle (2 DUIs). While alcohol abuse is a major issue, let’s not blur the “lines” and assume he’s “using”. I personally, wish him the best for turning things around and continued pursuit of his dream.

  13. He really is sorry this time.

    Last time he was just going through the motions, and Blackmon now realizes that he needs to really clean up his act.

    I think he’s gone make it!

  14. Even if you’re a Jags fan, how can you care? I’m busting my hump 40 hours a week, every week, to support my family. And I don’t even have it that hard! See ya, you idiot. I have no feelings or compassion for this idiot.

  15. I just read the apology the agent wrote and issued in Blackmon’s name. What a load of crap. Justin didn’t apologize. His agent did. Therefore, he’s not sorry.

  16. Hate to see talent wasted (no pun intended). But he seems to have a problem thats deeper than knowing when to say when.

    Hopefully he resolves it like a Cris Carter. The kid has the talent to be a star.

  17. Most of you are classless punks. Stop worrying about football, and making jokes at the Jaguars expense.

    Blackmon, what ever demons face you, get better! Rooting for you not matter what team you are on. On the field you are a beast. Off the field, take care of yourself, don’t throw away such a promising career.

  18. i disagree on how they treat these players with their suspension’s. i agree they should be suspended and seek the help they need, however keeping them away from their teammates and support group is only gonna make it harder on them to get their lives in order. johnny jolly had a codeine addiction and went through a similar situation, and now he is finally back dominating opposing offense’s. but the process the nfl has didn’t help him imo and he took steps back before he took steps foward. good luck.

  19. In the Bridgewater Poker Tournament, Jacksonville just saw the Bucs cutting Freemon, and raised them with Blackmon.

  20. If he was suspended for twistin em up before I wonder what hes gonna doing for the next 9 months?????

  21. He kinda had that alcoholic gaunt look to him, just saying.. addiction to whatever is a dangerous thing, hope he takes care of it.

  22. I’ve spent most of this season wondering why I have NFL Season Tickets. It isn’t the losing or the bad team b/c there are bright spots and hope springs eternal, it’s the behavior of the fans and the players.

    The guy behind me whistles, a high-pitched, loud, non-stop two finger whistle when the Jags are on defense; I’ve seen fights and both men and women vomiting after games; the endless TV timeouts and commercial breaks…$28 to park the car.

    Now this- our star receiver is suspended for the year.

    $1500- a year for this? I think I’m done.

  23. If the NFL and the NFLPA agreed to the recent CBA that clearly spells out the punishments for the various levels of punishment for substance abuse etc. then why does there have to be any negotiations on a player’s punishment?????? Why would the NFLPA want to support a negotiation? This is the problem with the NFL, they have rules but are afraid to enforce them and the players know that.

  24. if i played for the jags i’d be getting high everyday too.

    scenario 1) – goes to cincy, gets arrested a couple more times which we will see on hard knocks at some point.

    2) goes to seattle – no one will notice because they never win any meaningful games.

    3) goes to detroit – on path to being a HOF with megatron on the other side but, implodes with no leadership from the top down in that sorry organization. becomes titus young’s roommate.

    4) goes to the pats, becomes the second coming of mother Teresa and the rich get richer while the team continues success in the regular season. but, brady still throws behind him like he does every other receiver. they lose in the playoffs to a decent team after torching within the division. the last throw by brady on their last drive is high and behind blackmon. he makes a leaping twisting effort but can’t come down with it. pats fans go crazy, leave a pile of butterfinger bars outside his home. no one mentions that brady’s throw was actually pretty poor considering he was wide open and had all day to throw.

  25. kinda weird his former teammate and QB brandon Weeden is struggling too be a decent qb and now blackmon gets suspended again and now both might be on new teams in 2014??
    bad time to be a oklahoma state fan huh?

  26. For everyone who asks why people care about fantasy. It’s because fantasy sports are a multi billion dollar a year business that the fans, not the players get a part of

  27. While I hope he gets his act straightened out, the real question here is HOW IN THE HELL DID JACKSONVILLE GET AN NFL EXPANSION FRANCHISE OVER BALTIMORE?

    Go ahead and bash the City of Baltimore all you want but the Browns wouldn’t have moved if Baltimore had been awarded a franchise over Jacksonville or Carolina. An outrage, really.

  28. I guessing he was depressed by all the tarps and empty seats Jaguar fans claim are fans in teal shirts.

  29. Just another Okla.State Cowboy, does he fit into
    the picture of all the bad press about Okie State.

  30. “People assume it is pot, but like with Miller they kept talking about addiction, I have been told numerous times you can’t get addicted to pot, so is this something worse?”

    You can’t get chemically addicted to pot is what they mean. You can mentally get addicted to pot though and MANY people are addicted to it, once you do something not because you like it but because you feel that you need it you’re addicted. Being in Philadelphia, Camden & Trenton NJ, seen way too many people like that.

  31. Those suspensions should be hard-line guarantees. What possible mitigating factors could be persuasive enough to merit a 50% reduction? Why is this guy’s weed craving any different than another player’s? This guy gets paid a ton of money to play football, stay out of trouble and to not smoke weed–and he can’t get it done.

  32. It’s not as though The Jags got into bed with this mess unknowingly. His VERY serious troubles were documented and RECENT in nature prior to his signing. I do not follow this team, and I know nothing about the GM’s criteria when assessing a first round signee, however, in-depth knowledge regarding the person who pulled the trigger on this deal is not necessary for one to realize this should never have happened AND this episode should SURELY be this GM’s ticket to the unemployment line.

  33. Uh oh – Without Blackmon the Jags have replaced the Bucs as the favorites to win the Bridgewater Bowl.

  34. Dez abused his own mother, I’m pretty sure that is about the lowest thing you can do. He has a substance abuse problem not a i beat my own mother problem.

  35. Seriously what is wrong this guy? He seemed like he was such a humble guy and I remember watching that story about him with that little girl on college gameday. He needs some help in getting his life back in order.

  36. justintuckrule says:
    Nov 1, 2013 4:30 PM Legalize pot already. who cares
    Who Cares? Are you serious? if nobody cared why hasn’t weed been legalized then? there have been reported cases of people driving high and almost killing themselves and other drivers on the road.

    Yes, you can get DUI’s from driving high on pot,look it up!

  37. “While I hope he gets his act straightened out, the real question here is HOW IN THE HELL DID JACKSONVILLE GET AN NFL EXPANSION FRANCHISE OVER BALTIMORE?”
    Not sure what that has to do with the topic but I suspect Art Modell wanted Baltimore for himself and the league simply arranged it. Not as bad as the Baltimore Colts leaving in the middle of the night but it’s close.

    Indianapolis should not have been allowed to keep the “Colts” name, either. They should have become the Indianapolis Insurance Agents or something more apropos. Stealing the name was equally egregious to stealing the team.

    On topic: I got nothing. The kid’s a bum.

  38. This clown got two DUI’s before he even played his first game in the NFL. Then he hit the THIRD strike (after the first 2 DUI’s) to get the first 4 game suspension. The latest here is his 6TH OFFENSE!!!!!! And that’s just the times he got CAUGHT!!!! It’s not booze, he can drink and take a cab wherever, or a limo on his salary. He’s got Dez Bryant talent but Jimmy Smith’s nose.

    Dang fool……….my poor Jaguars trade up to go down in flames time and time again- Derek Harvey, Gabbert, and now this idiot….

    And all of you morons that kept saying ‘in GENE we trust!’….where are you now? Where are ya? Finally jumped ship? Or still looking for one of those small college washouts to make a difference somewhere……

    (washing hands of all ties to Jaguars relations and burning my merchandise. Fan available here, need a team….)

  39. (washing hands of all ties to Jaguars relations and burning my merchandise. Fan available here, need a team….)
    Go find one of those kiddie prize machines that have those tiny NFL helmets in them. Insert your quarter(s), twist the handle, open the slot and find your team

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