According to the Tulsa World, Justin Blackmon was arrested on a complaint of aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Oklahoma Sunday morning, which would be his second arrest for driving under the influence. While full details of the incident are not yet available, the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars' young wideout has been cited for the same infraction twice is troubling and raises several red flags.
According to Oklahoma law, aggravated DUI applies to drivers with a .15 blood alcohol level or higher. That means whatever was going on with Blackmon was serious. Back in October of 2010, he was also arrested for a DUI in Carrollton, Texas.
After his first DUI arrest, Blackmon claimed he made a mistake and took responsibility for it. In fact, during the draft process this year, the receiver's character wasn't questioned. The Jaguars traded up to select him with the No. 5 pick, and they obviously didn't expect anything like this to happen.
Plenty of players have gotten DUIs, but what makes this particularly troubling is the fact that Blackmon got one, then made the choice to once again drive under the influence. That kind of behavior isn't just irresponsible, it is also dangerous and has to make you wonder if Blackmon is actually reckless.
Blackmon has yet to sign his rookie contract, which is expected to be in the range of $18 million in fully-guaranteed money. The Jaguars need to take a stand with Blackmon and find a way to punish him once he's under contract. Jacksonville has to take a stand with its young wideout to send a message early on in his professional career.
Making mistakes is acceptable, especially if you own up to them. But repeating those mistakes when you are fully aware of the consequences is a troubling pattern. The 22-year-old Blackmon needs to grow up and do so fast.