Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy again
Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy again. The Jacksonville Jaguars receiver was also suspended the first four games of the season for violating the policy.
The 0-8 Jags are on a bye after losing to the San Francisco 49ers in London on Sunday. Blackmon is suspended immediately and indefinitely.
This sort of trouble is nothing new for Blackmon. He was arrested in 2010 while at Oklahoma State on a DUI charge that was later reduced. He was also busted for DUI after the Jaguars drafted him fifth overall in 2012.
Blackmon had 29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown in the four games he did play and was one of the team’s lone weapons.
Pro Football Talk also says Blackmon has lost nearly $2.3 million as a result of his suspensions.
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges,” Blackmon said in a statement released to Pro Football Talk. “I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.
“I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season. Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times. Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me.”
It’s looking like his career might not be very long and prosperous unless he drastically changes his behavior.