Dear Justin Blackmon, This Is What You Should Say at Your Press Conference

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #5 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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To: Justin Blackmon

From: A concerned fan

Hey Justin, rough weekend huh? You were arrested for aggravated DUI in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and now have to face the wrath of not only your own NFL team but also commissioner Roger Goodell. 

Now, the Jacksonville Jaguars have called a press conference for Wednesday to discuss the incident. When you face the media, your best bet will be to just own up to what you did. Take full responsibility for your actions, claim it was a mistake and promise it will never happen again.

Justin, this was your second DUI. Getting one is bad enough, but people do make mistakes. After going through the fallout from the first offense, the fact that you allegedly chose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated again shows a complete lack of judgement. 

Driving under the influence is a serious problem in this country. When someone does it, they endanger not only themselves but everyone else on the road. You need to own up to that fact on Wednesday. 

It's time to step up and be a man, Justin. You've made some bad decisions, but the best way to handle such situations is to come out and admit your mistakes. Fans are almost always willing to forgive athletes who admit their mistakes. But if you make excuses or avoid taking responsibility for your actions, no one will side with you.

Justin, you were the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NFL draft because you are a phenomenally talented wide receiver. The Jaguars took you to be the franchise's top playmaker on the outside. It's time to also prove you can be a great representative for the team off the field as well.

Own your mistake, and fans will forgive you.