Oct 7, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) watches the jumbotron during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Blackmon Suspended: His Statement

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been suspended four game in the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.  This is his second offense in about a year, after having been arrest for an aggravated DUI in Oklahoma last offseason.

Here is his statement:

I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.

While it is nice of Blackmon to address his mistake, making a mistake that hurts your team is juvenile.  He seems genuinely remorseful and I hope that he turns over a new leaf because he has the potential to be a star and really help the Jaguars in the future.

This violation coupled with the DUI last offseason and and a DUI in college could be seen as the beginning of a trend for the young player.  Hopefully this gets turned around quickly.

– Luke N. Sims



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