Justin Blackmon has been trying to keep a low profile. He may now have to find a lower one.
Blackmon, the Jacksonville Jaguars often-troubled wide receiver, has once again found his way into trouble. Blackmon was pulled over by Edmond, Oklahoma, police on Wednesday for making an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic. Once pulled over, officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from Blackmon’s car. According to the NFL, Blackmon admitted he had smoked a blunt (a marijuana cigar) earlier, and there was another inside a box in the car. A search of the car soon found the other blunt.
Blackmon was not carrying his driver’s license, and when asked for it, Blackmon remained silent.
Blackmon was then arrested and booked for illegal possession of marijuana and making an illegal turn. He was approaching an intersection that was stopped for a red light, and he was trying to get into the left turn lane, said Jenny Monroe, public information officer for the Edmond police. He was later released on $675 bond.
Now, this is where Blackmon’s situation becomes complicated.
Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season because he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence, a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Blackmon came back and played four games, catching 29 passes for 415 yards and one touchdown, but was then arrested again for DUI, his third violation. This violation garnered him an indefinite suspension from that point. Blackmon would have been able to apply for reinstatement at the beginning of the 2014 regular NFL season. This latest legal issue may make that impossible, having committed a fourth violation while serving a suspension for his third violation.
According to USA Today, the Jaguars are having trouble keeping their receiver. Ace Sanders, the second-year receiver for Jacksonville, is facing his own four-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Sanders will miss training camp while he undergoes treatment for his addiction. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shalid Khan and coach Gus Bradley have expressed interest previously in keeping Blackmon on the team, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport. But this recent development may have changed all that. It will, no doubt, leave the Jaguars trying to play without its top two receivers for the first four games of the 2014 season.
Blackmon, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner while at Oklahoma State, was the Jaguar’s no. 5 pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.