Justin Blackmon: Jaguars WR Must Use DUI Situation as Learning Experience
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon can't erase what he did over the weekend, when he was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge, as reported by the Florida Times-Union. Instead, he needs to learn from the past and stop putting himself in potentially disastrous situations.
Speaking with the media for the first time since the incident over the weekend, Blackmon sounded like someone who was in the process of trying to change his life, though he still isn't all the way there.
Smith says he trusts it will change the way blackmon lives his life.— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 6, 2012
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union attended the press conference, posting some of the more notable statements from Blackmon on Twitter. The first one that jumped out at me was from general manager Gene Smith.
It's not an exact quote, nor do we know the context of the answer, but if Blackmon has to change his lifestyle, one can't help but wonder what the Jaguars were thinking drafting him at No. 5 overall.
When asked if he thinks he has a drinking problem, Blackmon's response was not much of a surprise.
It is a valid question, especially when you consider that it was the second time he has been arrested for a DUI in two years.
justin asked if has a problem drinking alcohol..says he does not put self ina bad sitaution.— Vito Stellino(@vitostellino) June 6, 2012
Should Blackmon be suspended for his actions?
Blackmon has a lot of legal problems to work through right now, but he has been given the chance to show the world that he can be a changed man. This is more important than anything he is going to do on the football field.
Blackmon also said he was done with drinking and vowed to change his lifestyle.
The Oklahoma State product is going to be given every opportunity to succeed because of his status as a top-five draft pick, but it is up to him to become a responsible person off the field and avoid these situations in the future.
Having an embarrassing arrest put under a microscope has to be tough, but Blackmon needs to learn from it, grow from it and become a better person.
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