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Justin Blackmon suspended indefinitely for violating substance abuse policy again

Justin BlackmonJustin 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.

Week 5 fantasy pickups include Danny Woodhead, Justin Blackmon, Heath Miller

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersBelieve it or not, one quarter of the fantasy football season is already in the books. For those of you who have your championship in Week 16, we’ve already passed the 25% mark. If you’ve managed to dominate the first four games of the season, you’re in good shape. If you haven’t, there’s still plenty of time to work the waiver wire, pull off a few trades and put yourself in position to make the playoffs. Here are your Week 5 fantasy pickups.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers: Most of us assumed Woodhead was a product of a highly-product Patriots offense last season and would have little fantasy appeal with the Chargers. It’s starting to look like we were wrong. Ryan Mathews is still Ryan Mathews and Woodhead has become a favorite safety valve for Philip Rivers. After posting more than six fantasy points in Weeks 2 and 3, he went off for 84 total yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. Don’t expect that kind of production again, but there’s no reason Woodhead can’t be a viable flex play most weeks.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: The hope here is that the Jaguars eventually realize Blaine Gabbert is useless and go back to Chad Henne. Either way, Blackmon is returning from a four-game suspension this week and should instantly become the most viable receiving option in Jacksonville’s pathetic offense. It’s hard to get excited about anyone on this team, but someone has to see targets while the Jags are playing catch-up every single week. Blackmon is a solid candidate for that and there’s a good chance he’s been forgotten during his suspension.

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Justin Blackmon completely wasted in video from DUI arrest

Video from the night of Justin Blackmon‘s DUI arrest earlier this month has been released thanks to First Coast News in Jacksonville. And — surprise, surprise — the Jaguars rookie wideout appears totally trashed, mightily slurring his words, stumbling around, and struggling to take off his jewelry. What else was there to expect after he reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of .24 — three times the legal limit?

The footage shows Blackmon — notably wearing a No. 8 Kobe Bryant jersey — being questioned in a Stillwater (Okla.) police station. Here’s an example of the completely nonsensical type of conversation that can only come from somebody being drunk off their you-know-what:

“Married, single or divorced?” the jailer asks.

“Um, neither. I mean I’m single,” Blackmon says.

The jailer asks, “Are you employed?”

“No,” Blackmon says. [Ed. note: Blackmon had already been drafted by the Jags.]

When he was informed he would be charged with aggravated DUI, a bewildered Blackmon responds, “How?”

Kids, let this be a lesson: Don’t drink and drive. Because (among other reasons) it is embarrassing as hell.

Video via The Big Lead

Justin Blackmon sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for getting DUI, 0.24 BAC

There are ways to get DUIs, and there are ways to get DUIs. Justin Blackmon is only 22, but he’s already doing his best to hit all ends of the spectrum.

The Jaguars’ first-round draft pick received his second DUI when police pulled him over on Sunday for driving 25 mph over the speed limit. He blew a 0.24 on his first test — three times the legal limit — and a 0.26 on his second test.

Here are the details of Sunday’s arrest per the Tulsa World:

About 3 a.m., a Stillwater police officer saw a white Chevy Tahoe make an improper turn, travel 60 mph in a 35 mph zone and drive left of center twice, according to the affidavit. The vehicle failed to yield for four blocks before stopping at a gas-station parking lot near the intersection of McElroy and Perkins roads.

The officer observed the driver, identified as Blackmon, was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and glassy and blood-shot eyes, according to the police report.

Blackmon pleaded not guilty to the aggravated DUI charge on Monday, and he faces up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. He shouldn’t get off without a severe penalty considering this is his second DUI, and his last one occurred when he was under 21 and doing 92 in a 65 zone.

Let’s take a look at his mug shots, which show he’s gotten increasingly more angry over the years:

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Warren Moon: Justin Blackmon is Dez Bryant with All of His Brain Cells

Considering they both played at Oklahoma State, are wide receivers, and dominated the game of college football, comparisons between Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon are unavoidable. The Cowboys selected Bryant with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and Blackmon is sure to go in the first round this April — likely somewhere close to the top-10. While most of the comparisons between the two have come in the form of flattery, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon offered an opinion on Thursday that was a bit more offensive if you’re Bryant.

“(Justin Blackmon is) a beast, isn’t he?” Moon said during an interview with 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle. “He’s like Dez Bryant with all his brain cells. He’s a guy that has all those skills that Dez Bryant has but he’s not the knucklehead that Dez Bryant has turned out to be with Dallas. Hes a much better route-runner than Dez Bryant and a very tremendous talent.”

Is there room for Bryant to improve?  Plenty. Have there been questions about his motivation and level of focus? Quite a few. That being said, Bryant caught 63 passes for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns this season for the Cowboys.  He has been known to shut it down when things aren’t going well, but he still managed to haul in 15 touchdowns in two seasons and is only 23 years old.

Bryant has not yet played like the No. 1 receiver Dallas drafted him to be, but there is still plenty of time for him to emerge as that guy.  We know Moon has a bias against wide receivers based on some of the comments he’s made in the past, so it makes sense that he would be quick to judge Dez.  At this point it looks like he may be right about Blackmon being a better talent, but we all know what can happen when a player makes the jump to the NFL.  Let’s give it a couple seasons before calling Bryant a bust and calling Blackmon Calvin Johnson.

Forearm bash to Game On! for sharing the interview with us