Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI


On the day of the NFL draft, there’s more bad news for one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.

Justin Blackmon, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was arrested for DUI in December. According to TMZ, Blackmon pleaded guilty on Wednesday. TMZ reports that Blackmon is facing prison time when he’s sentenced in June.

As a rookie receiver for the Jaguars, Blackmon showed a lot of promise, catching 64 passes for 865 yards. But he played just four games in 2013 and hasn’t played since after he was suspended indefinitely for repeated violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. At this point it seems extremely unlikely that he’ll ever play in the NFL again.

Blackmon serves as a cautionary tale to all 32 teams today: No matter how great a player’s talent, off-field issues can wreck his career. Blackmon will surely be discussed in many draft rooms today.

29 responses to “Justin Blackmon pleads guilty to DUI

  1. Wasted football talent. I hope he gets his life together. I thought he was on his way to being one of the best receivers in the league. For the 4 games he did play in 2013, he put up good numbers, but that doesn’t matter now.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Apr 28, 2016 11:54 AM

    Big difference between “draft bust” and seriously sick addict.

    So he cant be both? I would consider a top 5 pick who managed to play 20 games, regardless of why, to be a HUGE bust. If he was drafted in the 5th round, that would be different. This dude needs serious help, there is no doubt about that, but he is also in the conversation for one of the 10 worst draft picks of all time

  3. ………he didnt just show up in nfl and get a drinking problem……probably had it in college too. It a shame that alcholism destroys so many lives. Maybe the time in jail changes him but I doubt it. From all accounts he’s a quiet guy with some deep issues he needs to resolve.

  4. How can one be so young and have a drinking problem is beyond me, I can see a drug problem maybe, but alcohol….

    Total waste of talent!!!!

  5. This is so sad. He was awesome at Oklahoma State. Also a good kid. He befriended a little girl with cancer and he invited the whole family to the Fiesta Bowl (where the Cowboys beat a Stanford-lead Andrew Luck) she hung around during practices, he wore a bracelet in her honor.

    Why, Justin? WHY??!!

  6. weeden and blackmon looked unstoppable in 2010 and 2011. yet another cautionary tale about getting too wide-eyed when players have that kind of success in college.

  7. I remember that huge game he had against Houston.

    I also remember him as a college player in Oklahoma.

    Such promise for this guy and to see it go this way is a major drag.

  8. Years from now he’ll be using Jamarcus’ letter begging to come back into the league.

  9. This has that feeling of a 30 for 30 film. If he ever does make it back to the NFL and performs half way decent it would probably become one. Just needs to work out the demons in his life that drives him to drink.

  10. One thing I really don’t like about the NFL drug policy is that players cannot practice and associate with teams. That gives an young addict nothing but time.

  11. Again, I have to ask the question of how he is still being allowed to get behind a wheel. He should have lost that rite after his first few DUI’s, don’t you think?

  12. Could you imagine that offense if he overcomes this addiction and returns?

    It’d probably be the best WR corps in the league.

  13. I don’t know if it’s even appropriate to post these anymore. This is just who this man is. I sincerely doubt he has any desire to change.

    Such a waste of talent, a waste of a draft pick, a waste of the Jaguars money, and most importantly a waste of a human life.

  14. axespray says:

    Could you imagine that offense if he overcomes this addiction and returns?

    It’d probably be the best WR corps in the league.


    Now that’s enough. It’s not right for you to be sarcastic at Justin Blackmon’s expense.

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