According to News9.com, Blackmon was pulled over for a traffic violation and arrested for possession of marijuana in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Kyle Fredrickson of The Oklahoman provided a look at Blackmon's mugshot:
TMZ Sports provided video of the arrest:
Blackmon's arrest is compounded by the fact that he was already serving an indefinite suspension from the NFL. Per John Breech of CBSSports.com, Blackmon was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 NFL season last November for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Blackmon also missed the first four games of the 2013 campaign due to a similar suspension.
Following the second suspension, Jags general manager David Caldwell released a statement in which he expressed hope that Blackmon would be able to conquer his demons, per Jaguars.com.
All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being. That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL. His suspension will provide him the opportunity to receive the attention and professional treatment necessary to overcome his challenges, and we will support him during this time. The Jacksonville Jaguars will evaluate Justin's status once he has successfully met the criteria to be considered for reinstatement to the league.
The Associated Press' Mark Long shared head coach Gus Bradley's reaction:
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley on Blackmon arrest: "I'm just praying that he gets the help he needs. I'm just praying that he gets right."— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) July 24, 2014
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says receiving news like this "creates more conversation" about cutting ties with troubled WR Justin Blackmon— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) July 24, 2014
Jacksonville-based sports journalist Eugene Frenette provided team owner Shahid Khan's response:
#Jaguars owner Khan wants to keep Blackmon, not cut him after latest marijuana arrest. Wants to help him, not taking up roster spot.— Eugene Frenette (@GeneFrenette) July 24, 2014
Blackmon was eligible to apply for reinstatement this season, but one can only assume that this latest arrest hurts his case considerably. Per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the feeling was that Blackmon may not have been reinstated even before the arrest:
While Wednesday night's incident was related to marijuana, Blackmon also has a pair of arrests on his record for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to News9.com.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report notes Blackmon's history of off-field struggles:
Google Justin Blackmon and you're going to see a photo of a train wreck. He needs to get help off the field and forget football for now.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 24, 2014
This type of downward spiral would be tragic for any player, but Blackmon in particular has squandered a great opportunity. After being selected No. 5 overall in the 2012 NFL draft, Blackmon had a promising rookie season that saw him rack up 865 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Will Blackmon ever play another NFL game?
Although he played in just four games last year, he was extremely productive with 29 catches for 415 yards. Based on all of the issues that the 24-year-old Oklahoma State product is facing currently, it would be a surprise if he catches even one pass at the NFL level in 2014.
In fact, his NFL career as a whole is a huge question mark currently. It is entirely possible that Blackmon has made one too many mistakes. The Jaguars may not want him back, and other teams may be unwilling to take a chance on him.
With that said, elite talents often get more opportunities than other players. Blackmon fits that profile, but the fact that nobody knows when or if the league will reinstate him makes his NFL future murky at best.
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