Justin Blackmon and the Jacksonville Jaguars held a press conference on Wednesday to address the young wide receiver's recent DUI arrest. While meeting with the press, Blackmon's apology came across as hollow. As a result, there are now huge question marks surrounding his young career.
While sitting between his head coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith, Blackmon apologized for his bad judgment and claimed he wouldn't make the same mistake again. Then he swore off drinking..."for now."
That last addition to the statement is what is troubling.
This was Blackmon's second DUI arrest, and if drinking has caused him so many problems, the mature decision would be to give it up completely. I understand that Blackmon doesn't want to make promises he can't keep, but when something has caused you very public problems, the right idea is to get it out of your life.
Blackmon also claimed he is willing to do whatever the league and the Jaguars ask of him. But what the Jags should ask is that he undergo alcohol counseling and give up any substances. One DUI is a mistake, but the fact that he went through all the trouble of getting one and ended up deciding to drive drunk again is seriously troubling. That speaks to someone having a problem.
None of us can live in Justin Blackmon's shoes or know what he was thinking. But driving under the influence of alcohol is never acceptable behavior, and being caught twice suggests he wasn't taking the law seriously, even after a first offense.
The 22-year-old receiver has a lot of work to do to repair his image and gain the trust of his teammates and fans. Wednesday's news conference didn't help much and may have actually made things worse.