Justin Blackmon Reportedly Arrested on Complaint for Aggravated DUI

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 3, 2012

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon was reportedly arrested Sunday on a complaint for aggravated DUI, according to Tulsa World:

Blackmon, 22, was being booked into jail about 10 a.m., the jail reported. No further details were immediately available.

According to Oklahoma law, an aggravated DUI is when the driver’s blood-alcohol level is .15 or more.


UPDATE: Monday, June 4, 3:40 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

While there is no excusing what Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon did, he has entered a plea of not guilty for his recent DUI arrest and has been given his day in court.

Jaguars beat writer for the Florida Times-Union Vito Stellino is reporting on Twitter about Blackmon’s DUI plea and the likely outcome of the case:

Blackmon pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor aggravated DUI. Hearing set for July 24 at 10:30 am, three days before 1st training camp practice

— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 4, 2012

Blackmon unlikely to serve any jail time.

— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 4, 2012

Jaguars fans can all breathe a sigh of relief and know that their star receiver will likely not miss any game time. The bigger hope is that Blackmon learns from this arrest and starts taking life more seriously.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 3 at 4:45 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

Sports Illustrated has reported that Blackmon's blood alcohol level was well over the legal limit in the state of Oklahoma when he was stopped by the local authorities.

The former Oklahoma State star smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m., Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24—three times the legal limit of .08, Dickerson said.

Under Oklahoma law, a driver can be charged with aggravated driving under the influence when a test shows .15 or greater.

The Jaguars need to make sure that Blackmon is able to make the right decisions off the field and that he won't put himself and others in danger.


UPDATE: Sunday, June 3 at 2:39 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss

According to Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, Blackmon has been released from jail and will be in court on Monday.

justin Blackmon was released today on a thousand dollar bail and is due for an arraignment at 130 p.m. monday.

— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 3, 2012

Blackmon will need to be on his best behavior for the rest of his pro career. He cannot be creating unnecessary distractions for himself and the team by getting into trouble with the law. Hopefully, he learns his lesson after this mistake.

The Jaguars selected the former Oklahoma State star with the fifth-overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft to address their need at wide receiver. This is not the ideal way for him to begin his professional career.

On a team with few star players, Blackmon will be counted on to be a role model and a good citizen for the Jaguars franchise. He could easily become the face of their team with a strong rookie season in 2012.

Blackmon needs to realize that anything involving a DUI is very serious and that getting in trouble as an NFL player could result in a suspension.

As we have seen time and time again, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn't afraid to give out suspensions to players who get in trouble with the law or violate league rules.

Blackmon is a talented football player, but he must avoid these kinds of issues if he wants to be a star in the NFL, which he likely will become.