Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, already serving a suspension for his second substance abuse incident, was arrested on Wednesday night in Oklahoma and charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence after police picked up a “heavy smell of marijuana” emanating from his vehicle.
The Oklahoma State University All-American was pulled over by police in Edmond, Oklahoma, who spotted Blackmon’s sedan pass vehicles in stopped traffic in order to make a left turn. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe told the Associated Press that Blackmon admitted to having just smoked a blunt and to having another ready to burn inside the car.
“It’s just a difficult situation,” said Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. “It’s kind of ongoing. All we can do is pray that he finds a way to get on the right track and save his life.”
Blackmon posted his $657 bond and was released, but more trouble is surely to follow.
Before Wednesday’s incident, Blackmon already had been tied to several incidents related to substance abuse, according to an Inquisitr report. In 2010, police pulled him over in Texas for speeding and also charged him with a DUI; however, that charge was reduced to underage consumption. Then, just weeks after the Jaguars picked him up in 2012 as the fifth pick in the draft, Blackmon was charged with DUI in Oklahoma for blowing a breath test that was illegal three times over.
It wasn’t over. Last season, he was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy. Then he played four games before being suspended again for another drug violation. He landed a suspension of at least a year that time, during which he’s not allowed to have any contact with the Jaguars organization.
His presence was missed last season. During the first four games he sat out in 2013, the Jaguars had a total offensive average of 224 yards. The following four games that he played, the average rose to 350 yards per game, with Blackmon catching 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown.
With Blackmon’s fellow wide receiver Ace Sanders also receiving a drug suspension for the first four games of the 2014 season, the team shored up its losses during this year’s draft in May, drafting two receivers in the second round: Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee.
Blackmon hasn’t been removed from the roster, though. Yet.
Said Coach Gus Bradley after Wednesday’s arrest: “It’s really hard by not having conversations with him. I really don’t know how he’s doing, where he’s at. And then when we receive news like this, it creates more discussion. So I’m sure those will be conversations we’ll have (about) the direction we’ll go.”
Still, according to ESPN, Jaguars owner Shad Khan is still holding out hopes that Blackmon can be retained: “We want him to get help he needs.”
But what about the help the Jaguars need?
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