Justin Blackmon arrested for DUI

AP

Suspended Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for DUI last weekend.

BigCatCountry.com reported that Blackmon was arrested at 4:45 a.m. on Dec. 19, his second arrest since being indefinitely suspended.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft has been suspended since Nov. 2013 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Blackmon, who has done at least one stint in rehab, also had a DUI arrest in college.

In Nov. 2014 Blackmon pleaded no contest to a marijuana charge in Oklahoma.

Blackmon has 93 receptions, 1,280 yards and six touchdown receptions in 20 career games.

86 responses to “Justin Blackmon arrested for DUI

  1. Obvious that this guy is sick, and needs medical attention. The question is, is he the only one that doesn’t know this?

  2. Dude is clueless. He needs to be banished from the league. He’s out of chances. He needs prison to straighten himself out. Then again the system doesn’t really rehabilitate, it just punishes.

    I think he’s a lost cause. One day many years from now hopefully he sees he screwed up and he can leave some sort of positive impact instead of the head to head traffic collision while drunk he’s heading for.

  3. He is finished, and does not need the NFL he needs help no other way around it. This is why you don’t cast off your players and keep them away, you need to help them.

  4. Sad. His career is over. Dude was a beast but will no longer be. Sucks because you see all these players do whatever they can to make their families proud and then there are other who don’t care that let their talent go to waste. It’s a shame

  5. This is really sad. This guy has tons of talent but clearly is fighting alcoholism. Get some help young man, you got a lot of living ahead of you and you can beat it.

  6. This is both expected and sad. I hope this young man gets the help he needs and takes responsibility for his life. Hate to see someone throw to all alway, and it’s easy to forget he should have another 50+ years in this planet.

  7. From Deadspin talking about the draft:

    Dominik made the admission on ESPN radio this morning yesterday, and said it was a special circumstance—the Bucs were interested in the talented Oklahoma State receiver, but had concerns about a series of minor incidents through his college career, including one DUI arrest.

    “We found out there was a bar called the Cricket Inn or the Cricket, which was a popular bar there in Oklahoma State,” said Dominik. “He [the scout] sat there for one week, went in at 3 o’clock every day and stayed until 11 o’clock at night. That was his job, and we checked how many times did Justin Blackmon come in? And he came in too many times and we took him off our board.”

  8. Not only is this a very sad situation but it’s also sad to see how many people take pleasure in news like this. He certainly needs to be punished and needs help, but unless Blackmon personally did something to you, don’t be a jerk about it.

  9. As someone who’s seen loved ones fight alcoholism this is par for the course. I hope he gets the help he desperately needs and can salvage a career. Luckily he hasn’t hurt anybody yet.

  10. 1. He needs to be locked up for a considerable amount of time. 2-4 years? If this is possible, it needs to be done now. How he hasn’t killed someone is really beyond belief. How many more DUI’s does he have to get before its too late and we all say he shoulda never been allowed (meaning he used someone else’s car or what have you. Drove on invalid license) to drive and kill someone.

    2. As a jaguar fan since their inception in 1995, Its time for David caldwell to release him if it’s not been done. At one point it was fair to support him but now it’s only making the franchise look bad by continually having his name associated with Jax. Maybe it will always be tbat way but if he’s still under our rights, then cut him loose today.

    3. In less important reasons, Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Rashad Greene have allowed Jax to move on from this guy.

    4. Someone said he’s the biggest bust. That could be, but to me a bust is someone who was projected to excel and physically didn’t live up to the hype. Was completely misjudged through his college tape, and combine. If you recall, Blackmon showed signs of being a top 5 wr if not, even better than that. So it depends on what someone labels a bust as. If it’s a franchise who spent a high draft pick and didn’t get anything out of it, then sure he’s one of the biggest busts along with JaMarcus and Trent R

  11. These players make millions and usually retire in the early to mid thirties. They’ll have more than half of their lifetime to party and get all sorts of messed up if they so choose.

    I’ll never understand how these guys can’t realize that 10 or 15 years of responsible living will probably secure them a lifetime of luxury. I mean, seriously. Go out with the team or friends or whoever and get all kinds of drunk… But at least pay for a limo, or a taxi! This guy has played in 20 games since 2012. He is the number 6 overall pick in that draft. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was the 75th overall pick in that draft and he’s led the Seahawks to the post season every year, the Superbowl twice with one Superbowl victory, and make NFL history on Sunday by finishing 5 games with at least 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Some people call his off-field persona fake. Maybe that’s true. But at least he has started every game since being drafted.

    Blackmon is proving to teams that he’ll spend more time off the field than on it during his NFL career.

  12. From nfl to Wal-Mart greeter.
    Dude, you obviously aren’t good at driving impaired. Stay home and get messed up. Before you kill yourself or someone else

  13. Ctriggs: not sure if you are blaming Jax, but if so, you are sorely misinformed. Jax GM David Caldwell (who didn’t draft the guy as he walked into this situation) has gone to great lengths to help Blackmon, he said be would be welcomed back and prayed he got his life together. called constantly, offered counselors, spoken to kin, and you know what he got back? Nothing. Not one single phone call has been returned. Ever. Gus Bradley, a well loved head coach with more compassion than most NFL head coaches, was supportive as well. So whomever you are referring to as treating Blackmon as a cast off, it surely hasn’t been jax. Support was shown for Ace Sanders when he went to rehab for alcohol. He wasn’t even good but they kept his spot til he came back. What happened to him there after is called life. Oh well…it’s all so sad but you can’t help someone who isn’t willing to help themselves. It ultimately comes down to them realizing they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Let’s not try and blame the teams. The players have access to some of the finest programs made available but they have to want it.

  14. May his loved ones keep him safe, and may God watch over his soul.

    Addiction, of any kind, is a heartless master.

  15. i remember celebrating the Jags drafting him instead of Floyd, so the Cards could. Floyd had already been taken down a peg at ND for his DUI and other offenses, and i figured he would be done with that stuff..while Blackmon would never learn.

  16. This is sad. I know there is a lot of jokes and hate by looks at those stats, when you extrapolate those… Shows such a massive waste of talent, he balled out on the field.

    For those saying things like “is he the only one who doesn’t realize he has a problem”, yeah he probably is. Many I’ve seen with substance abuse issues are in denial , or just don’t care. Either way, Blackmon needs to be better.

  17. this guy is sick? come on people, you act like a star college player and a top 10 NFL Draft pick never had any help available…dude has all the information he needs, he’s not sick, he’s a man making poor choices. Let him live w/it and don’t feed into that sympathy bs…

  18. longsufferingkcfan
    Dec 21, 2015, 12:56 PM EST
    Not only is this a very sad situation but it’s also sad to see how many people take pleasure in news like this. He certainly needs to be punished and needs help, but unless Blackmon personally did something to you, don’t be a jerk about it.

    Thank you for putting this in perspective

  19. It is really sad because IF he ever realizes his issues, the Clock on his career will have ticked to Zero.
    He is one of these guys that will either rehab, or end up getting shot in a Robbery, or Drug deal.

  20. Important: I agree with all the sentiment expressed here about his need for help. He needs it and needs to accept it.

    Unimportant: Does this reset the Days Without an Arrest counter?

  21. martylaughlin says:
    Dec 21, 2015 12:50 PM
    at this point all we can do is pray for this man, hes clearly in a very dark place
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    I disagree. Those that care about him are in a dark place. He is out having a good time and not giving a damn about anything/anyone but himself. Don’t pray for him. Pray for those that he has/will hurt.

  22. jaxbeachsurfshop says:
    Dec 21, 2015 1:16 PM

    Ctriggs: not sure if you are blaming Jax, but if so, you are sorely misinformed. Jax GM David Caldwell (who didn’t draft the guy as he walked into this situation) has gone to great lengths to help Blackmon, he said be would be welcomed back and prayed he got his life together. called constantly, offered counselors, spoken to kin, and you know what he got back? Nothing. Not one single phone call has been returned. Ever. Gus Bradley, a well loved head coach with more compassion than most NFL head coaches, was supportive as well. So whomever you are referring to as treating Blackmon as a cast off, it surely hasn’t been jax. Support was shown for Ace Sanders when he went to rehab for alcohol. He wasn’t even good but they kept his spot til he came back. What happened to him there after is called life. Oh well…it’s all so sad but you can’t help someone who isn’t willing to help themselves. It ultimately comes down to them realizing they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Let’s not try and blame the teams. The players have access to some of the finest programs made available but they have to want it.

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    I stand corrected. good post

  23. I remember the way this city exploded on draft night. We were its giddy. Blackmon definitely had the talent. Hell, go ahead and have a few beers after work. But three dui’s????? Pot arerests? Guy would be pulling down HOF numbers. Glad we have 5 great capable receivers now. Blackmon is an afterthought……and a moron.

  24. Another young man who lost his way. Where are the people that should be protecting him? I know you can’t make someone change, but his family needs to step in to help. He will never play in the NFL again, lets just hope he gets his life on track. Good luck young man!

  25. NFL are harsh , let these guys do their time or pay their fees and lose licences on their own time . I dont see how this affects the league. If they screw up with something worse than a dui or caught with weed , then suspend them.

  26. I’ll never understand how these guys can’t realize that 10 or 15 years of responsible living will probably secure them a lifetime of luxury. I mean, seriously.

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    It’s called alcoholism. If you don’t have it or don’t know someone who does, you can’t be expected to understand his behavior. To those who know what alcoholism is, this all makes perfect sense.

  27. We can kind of stop reporting on these now. He, obviously, will never again play another snap and his NFL history is so abbreviated that it’s almost misleading to refer to him as a “former NFL player.”

    Just pray that this sick man gets better, and stop reporting this every month or two.

  28. Quoting Marshawn Lunch:
    “…get all kinds of drunk… But at least pay for a limo, or a taxi!”
    ~~~~
    This is what makes all of the players’ DUIs even more inexcusable: Every NFL player has access to FREE transportation home when not safe to drive – no questions, no discipline, nothing except a hangover and the relief of knowing they didn’t selfishly kill or maim anyone.

    Each team contracts with a local cab company, instructs its players where to call, and agrees in advance to pay the tab.

  29. Good riddance. Maybe now the Jags can officially release him from their roster. To quote the movie A Bronx Tale, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

    I’ll take AR-15 all day over AA-14.

  30. He is finished, and does not need the NFL he needs help no other way around it. This is why you don’t cast off your players and keep them away, you need to help them.
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    But he has been in rehab and still refuses to pull his head out of his rear end. Shouldn’t the family be more responsible at some point? Didn’t the nfl give him enough money to afford to get this figured out?…No, he is smarter than everyone else. People like this buffoon will not listen to anyone? So please stop with the casting off players. Especially with this dope.

  31. “Let’s remove a powerful support system from a troubled addict, and hope that he completely changes on his own after going home to the system and people that helped create this behavior in the first place.” – Rog

    NFL franchises have so many incredible resources, they are the ultimate support system. How many people at EverBank would say “Yes” if Blackmon asked them for help? All of them. The team and front office is so invested in this player (selfishly, financially, yes, but still want what is good for him), and for the league to take away that help and support is just backwards.

    Isolating an addict from the people who want to help him is a terrible idea. It’s as if a player blew out his Achilles playing basketball, and not allowing the team to aid his rehabilitation.

    The suspension process for alcohol addiction in the NFL is broken.

  32. One last thing: do any college football fans who watch gameday remember Justin Blackmon’s piece by Rinaldi on him playing for this little girl who had leukemia? He wore her bracelet and called her every day or two to check in and they became best of friends. He did some amazing things by helping her and her family. I can’t recall what he did exactly but it was one of the best I’ve seen. It was very similar to Sammie Coates piece about him and this auburn child who had Cancer and their friendship that came from that. I wish I could find it.

    My only point is: this shows you how insidious substance abuse can change a person. From being compassionate and doing some of the most kindest work for others, being unselfish, etc… I just hope everyone realizes that this is how strong the substance can overtake ones life. But it doesn’t mean they were a bad person, dumb person, selfish person. It just means they made a mistake and once hooked, it’s been a very downward spiral. I wish that kid was still alive to talk to him today and say hey, you were there for me, now I’m here for you.

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