Posted November 01, 2013

Justin Blackmon, Jaguars WR, suspended indefinitely for substance abuse violation

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NFL suspends Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon indefinitely for substance abuse violation. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon had 29 catches for 415 yards this season.. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The NFL suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the team announced.

He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Blackmon, 23, was suspended four games at the beginning of this season for a substance abuse violation, which was his second violation in less than a year.

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He said then that getting in trouble is “not who I’m going to be.”

Blackmon has about $10 million left to be paid on a four-year, $18.5 million contract.

“All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said in a statement. “That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL. His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin’s status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.”

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Blackmon issued a statement apologizing for the latest suspension:

“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.”


15 comments
CoryDexin
CoryDexin

So let me get this straight. You are allowed to sell drugs like Aldo Smith but you are not allowed to smoke it. LOL. How ironic and Criminal this NFL organization is. I find it hilarious that 75 percent of the NFL players are jacked up on Pain Killer which are ten times worse than Marijuana. WOW.....  stay brainwashed my friends.

RCH
RCH

Must of took a side trip to Amsterdam while he was in Europe .

KC_Wolf
KC_Wolf

Why isn't Aldon Smith suspended? 


M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Wow. I heard Lindsay Lohan has been in rehab longer than Blackmon's been in the pros. How this guy can't keep his nose clean in Jacksonville or Stillwater is a mystery. He'll be cut next March and dancing for nickels by 2015.

donald5
donald5

@KC_Wolf You have to test positive for a banned substance.  If he did not test positive or if it is only alcohol, he is not suspended.  You can't make up the CBA in the fly

donald5
donald5

@ozaudioman Any more OU players caught playing with themselves in parking lots?

KC_Wolf
KC_Wolf

@donald5 @KC_Wolf 

So no testing was done on Aldon Smith even though he was arrested on drug possession charges? 

And now he was arrested on weapons charges but NFL has no policy on that I guess. 

donald5
donald5

@KC_Wolf And I'm pretty sure it is the second test that get's you suspended.  He could have tested positive after that arrest but was not suspended.

donald5
donald5

@KC_Wolf @donald5 I don't think you grasp how many technicalities are in union contracts. Drug possession does not mean drug use.  It does not equate with a positive test.  I'm giving you lawyer speak here but you could have possession of a friend's drugs in your car.   Not sure what the weapons charges are.  Probably depends on the state and the severity in that state.  It is possible the NFL made a deal with him to seek treatment in lieu of a suspension on the criminal violations.